Welcome To The NORML Women's Alliance

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the nation’s oldest and most well respected grassroots marijuana law reform organization, is pleased to announce the launch of the NORML Women’s Alliance.
The NORML Women’s Alliance is a nonpartisan coalition of prominent, educated, successful, and geographically diverse professional women who believe that cannabis prohibition is a self-destructive and hypocritical policy that undermines the American family, sends a mixed and false message to our young people, and destroys the cherished principles of personal liberty and local self-government.
Says NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre: “The prominent role of women in the effort to end marijuana prohibition is pivotal, necessary, and long overdue. According to recent national opinion polls by Gallup and others, the dramatic rise in the public’s support of marijuana law reform is being driven primarily by an increase in support among America’s women. The NORML Women’s Alliance will bring a contemporary approach to the public policy debate, and will proudly represent the interests of modern, mainstream women who believe that the negative consequences of marijuana prohibition far outweigh any repercussions from marijuana consumption itself.”
Charter members of the NORML Women’s Alliance include: NORML Foundation chair and film producer Ann Druyan, attorney and political activist Jessica Corry, editor Shelby Sadler, best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich, Beverly Hills NORML director Cheryl Shuman, NORML Foundation board member Jeralyn Merritt, Esq., cannabis activist and author Mikki Norris, Cannabis Action Network and Berkeley Patients Group founder Debby Goldsberry, NORML board member and director of Oregon NORML Madeline Martinez, law professor Marjorie Russell, and former ACLU president Nadine Strossen. This founding group of women also includes medical physicians, researchers, business leaders, editors, publishers, mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers.
The NORML Women’s Alliance holds the following positions:
1. The NORML Women’s Alliance believes that the fiscal priorities of marijuana prohibition are wasting billions of dollars on a failed policy.
2. The NORML Women’s Alliance believes that marijuana prohibition violates states’ rights, and improperly expands the reach of government into the families and personal lives of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
3. The NORML Women’s Alliance advocates for an open, honest conversation about marijuana with America’s youth that is void of all propaganda and misleading information.
4. The NORML Women’s Alliance endorses the science-based evidence regarding the therapeutic applications of medical marijuana as well as the continuation of research into the subject.
5. The NORML Women’s Alliance strongly opposes the sexual exploitation and objectification of women in pot-culture and business marketing.
“A marijuana policy that fosters children selling marijuana en mass must immediately change and be replaced by one that effectively stops children from trafficking in marijuana,” says Sabrina Fendrick, coordinator of the NORML Women’s Alliance. “The NORML Women’s Alliance seeks to replace a failed, tax coffer-draining and child endangering 73-year old cannabis prohibition with functional, tax-producing and youth-friendly cannabis policies consisting of legal and social controls that are not at all dissimilar to our existing and ever-evolving alcohol policies.”
Further information about the NORML Women’s Alliance is available online here.

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  1. Kiefair Keepsakes…. Why we give back
    The government is saving a ton of money due to the growth in the medical marijuana industry, but no one is talking about it in a real way. So I decided that I may have a unique perspective on this issue and have decided to throw my two cents in on the topic. I posted much of the content you will read here all over the internet in an effort to help myself and others in my position. I sat in the online forums begging “Is there someone, anyone out there who hears my plea and wants to help me actually do something other than sit in online forums and b*&@h about the problem and hope someone does something” I finally decided to stop beating a dead horse and set up a store front to help me get the funds I need for my own medicine and to donate 10% of our profits to GreenBelly Coop in Eldorado Springs, Co to help others like me.
    When I began to write the essay that I posted in the online forums, I decided that my joining the Medical Marijuana Registry was my Christmas Present to the American Taxpayer for the year 2009.
    First of all, I am a female under 40 with severe and debilitating Fibromyalgia, the kind that forces doctors to shake their heads and prescribe one ineffective man made medicine on top of another while I waste away and my quality of life diminishes.
    My sole health insurance is provided to me is under medicare/medicaid. This is because I am completely disabled and the doctors do not allow me to work, or even to attend school (for the time being… I am getting stronger all the time!). So I was forced to be on government programs like Social Security Disability and Social Security Income (SSD/SSI) at a young age (I was in middle school when I was put on SSD/SSI for the first time). Being on the program at a young age, I did not accumulate much in the way of work money in my SSI account, although I did attempt to work several times. Unfortunately every time, an employer or doctor would get tired of me being sick and put a stop to it one way or another. That is why my monthly amounts from SSI/SSD are so low. Also did you know the government actually Penalized people for getting married if you are both on disability? They treat you as one person and give you one person’s pay!
    Before I was placed on the Colorado Medical Marijuana Registry in June 2009, I would have to visit a doctors office several times a month, sometimes several times a week, sometimes with several appointments booked the same day with specialists and tests, physical therapy, etc., and there were to many trips to the emergency room to count.
    I went to the ER out of sheer desperation, I went just so I could get comfortable enough to have a bit of sleep after a week or more of lingering in a painful place that seemed to be located in deep within the realm of a narcotic distorted pain haze, a no-where-land that seemed to be somewhere between life and death. The docs treated me as though I was an addict, and not a pain patient, AND I WAS MISERABLE!
    Since I was approved for the medical marijuana registry I haven’t needed near the amount of services from the medicaid/medicare program. In fact, aside from bit of dental work, a doctor visit and medications for a bad cold, I haven’t seen a doctor at all. I haven’t needed to.
    Before I was on the MMJ registry, I was on so many medications that I felt like I was taking a pill every 2 minutes…. Number of traditional prescriptions I take daily now – ZERO.
    Now the government was paying for all those medications I was on before through medicare/medicaid, plus all the doctor visits to get, maintain, and change dosing on those prescriptions right? Some of those medications by themselves cost the government thousands of dollars a month!
    I always felt guilty about my personal burden on the American Taxpayers. But now I don’t have to feel guilty cause I have given a present to the American Taxpayer. I got on the MMJ registry. Now I do not go to the mainstream doc unless I need antibiotics, am off all prescriptions, and am well enough to manage this site as well as volunteer with my caregiver at GreenBelly Coop. There I regularly trade my services in clerical/computer work either from home or in his office for medications when I am strapped for cash.
    The government is saving many thousands of dollars a month on me alone, and yet I have to struggle to obtain this money saver for the American taxpayer. That much cut in government spending on the part of an individual… I should get a freaking medal or something LOL
    How many others are there like me? Meanwhile, the price of my medicine increases as the MMJ movement grows. My family and I have been stuck having to make really hard decisions like, do we pawn our wedding and engagement rings to get my medicine? Or do we pawn them and buy some food? (I ended up pawning the rings, having nothing else of value to pawn, and buying both medicine and food.) We promised ourselves we would get them back, but I ended up crying my eyes out when I realized I can’t afford to get them out of hock. I live in a Winnebago and have been in danger of starving to death at times. Now don’t get me wrong, my life has been profoundly changed by this medicine, and any hardship I may have to endure is truly worth the benefits of this plant!
    Now the other side of the coin. It is no secret that the people who own dispensaries are making money on patients like me too. If you are low income and can’t afford your “mainstream pharmacy” medicine, you can go to various organizations and they will help you to buy your medicine, sometimes even on a regular basis if they are necessary and not covered by insurance, but that doesn’t include medical marijuana. If your medicine is MMJ no one is willing to help you unless you happen to be lucky enough to find a care giver who actually gives a care if you have medicine or not!
    “So what,” you say? Well let’s look at this… The high price can force a person in my position to go back to buying their medicine off the street where it is less expensive, but also less potent, less safe, more dangerous to obtain, and the process of obtaining it can be a risk to your health with long periods in the cold and encounters with strange germs. I personally counted avoiding purchasing on the street as one of the largest pluses to getting on the registry, and yet I see people like me being forced back there.
    There is no fund or organization to help people like me get my medicine when I can’t afford it. There is no way for a person who wants to help to donate money to people in a position similar to mine. So I created this gift company and talked with my caregiver Green Belly Coop about setting up a fund, and here we are.
    I have no problem with the idea of paying for my medications… The person who grows it should be compensated, and so should everyone involved in getting the medicine to me that is only fair. But I wanna know the money I spend helps others like me or the movement in general. I also don’t need to be paying 50% of my income to stay barely comfortable. I’d like to be able to pay a reasonable percentage of my income and have all the medicine my body requires. I know that may seem a little unrealistic, but a girl in pain can dream. lol
    Here in Colorado it is the wild wild west right now. If I happen to have to go somewhere other than my primary caregiver, my $$ will probably end up in a growing bank account of some green gold rush eyed caregiver who could really care less if I have effective medication or not.
    So the government ignores the money it saves, and many of the dispensaries in the area seem to have little social conscience about the price a person like me can pay to have their medicine.
    A Big social Problem, and a plan to begin to solve it… the lack – $$
    When your total family income is at or below poverty levels, you can absolutely be forced back on the streets to get your medicine. My medical condition requires a minimum of 1/8 oz of smoke-able every 3 days to just to keep me off narcotics, not crying, and not be stuck in bed. I have NEVER had the pleasure of having enough medicine on hand to decide on what a good “comfortable” dosing schedule would be, even though I do have a compassionate caregiver. I just don’t want to put my poor caregiver out of business taking care of my needs.
    What I am trying to say is that there is something fundamentally very wrong with the fact that there are people who are to poor to even know what the appropriate dosage of medication for their amount of pain, yet the government is saving a bunch of cash and the Medical Marijuana industry is getting the “lion’s share” of the rest of their income. It is frustrating to feel like you and others are falling through the cracks even further. It is frustrating to see others get wealthy while your tier of society starves. Sometimes I feel invisible, and I know for a fact I am not the only one out there feeling this.
    Kiefair Keepsakes, stepping stone to a dream
    My dream is to be able to get some land and set up an initial grow op with an all environmentally friendly building/management philosophy that would end up growing into a Nonprofit Medical Marijuana retreat/community/caregiver for patients like me to be able to get their medicine and/or live in a more affordable and kind setting, using their personal talents to benefit the community.
    While I have the heart and the ability to do this work (given time and medication), I unfortunately have no capital for such a venture and am praying the universe will see fit to make it happen.
    I have researched many aspects of this and it is very feasible, however getting investment in such a venture is not my forte. This kind of setting would be great tool for a “for profit” dispensary to use. It would be publicity, demonstrate social conscience, and you could also offer my nonprofit medications cheap to their own low income patients. inquire further at kiefair.keepsakes@gmail.com
    I live in an RV and am willing to set up shop in any state with a registry.
    I have this planned out so that if I were able to obtain some land, I could be self sufficient (NO MORE SSI/SSD and I could actually contribute to charities instead of needing help from them!) and never have to worry about being hungry or without my necessary medicine as well. In time, many others could be helped with food and medicine grown on the land. I could be fulfilling needs rather than begging to have my needs filled.
    I just wanna say Thanks to all the people out there helping to make it possible for people who need this medicine to have it. Whatever you celebrate this season, may it be meaningful and may Blessings come to you all!

  2. Now that we have NORML, our “grass Roots” and this new NORML Women’s Alliance, can we have the plain not in vain “humans Alliance”?, that see not a human’s traits but recognizes the Inalienable Human Liberty that each …”educated, successful, and geographically diverse human beings who believe that cannabis prohibition is a self-destructive and hypocritical policy that undermines the American family, sends a mixed and false message to our young people regardless of sex, and destroys the cherished principles of personal liberty and local self-government.”
    After all those in prison that suffer from this injustice are human beings caged in conditions you would not put your pet in.

  3. Holy Smokes. As the song goes. “The women are smarter.
    Let’s give them all our support. You go girl!

  4. The Tide is Turning
    It is kinda like watching a turtle race ,but it is happening. And which state will be the first to legalize,and how many states will marijuana be legal in before our elected officials in the congress remove marijuana from schedule 1?
    There are 14 states that recognize marijuana as medicine . The US Attorney General has formed a ” medical marijuana ” policy. And still
    the congress and the ONDCP refuse to remove marijuana from schedule 1 and the drug czar stands up in front of America and continues telling them that marijuana has no medical applications.
    The insanity has to end. Continuing to imprison people for the use of marijuana is morally and ethically wrong.
    And the Drug Czar says that if the drug enforcement people can redouble their efforts they can achieve what?
    Our government has spent over 1 trillion dollars putting people in prison and there are more drugs on the streets of America than ever.
    Our country has the largest prison system in the world with the highest numbers of citizens imprisoned. Five times higher than any other country,even the communist block doesn’t imprison that many of their citizens.
    Our prisons are full too the point that county jails are holding already convicted citizens because their isn’t room in the prisons for them.
    The ONDCP and all of it’s satellite agencies have a multi-billion dollar budget that is justified by the interdiction and reducing of the availability of drugs in our country.
    And over 1/2 that budget is used protecting our nation from marijuana.
    When is our congress in Washington DC going to realize that marijuana can’t be stopped?
    And it is good that more and more successful individuals,men and women,are coming out of their closets and standing up for their rights!
    “America doesn’t have a marijuana problem,we can find marijuana
    in every town in America.”

  5. It seems quite useless to wait for laggards when we have pioneers at our call. The first thing that
    captures our attention in the drama of day is the decay of our liberty. One might say it’s a creeping paralysis of government action. Even greater distress is a very pronounced propensity of government to penetrate deeper and deeper into our human consciousness and place imposed morals upon a high pedistal (moral highground) and defend them at all costs.
    Surely oppression makes the wise man foolish, and a bribe corrupts the mind.
    Prohibitionists/Obstructionists in government have become a hurtful thing, not a healing thing. Because sentnece against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart is set to do evil.
    Manipulation of the people by a tyrannical government within a “controlled society” is a fairly simple matter, and government can be heavy-handed or light-handed about it to taste. The real challenge comes in dealing effectively with citizens of a “free society” who can vote you out of office, or spurn your solicitation for their support, if “they” are so minded.
    The private pragmatic mind in touch with reality has access to the totality of the intrinsic goodness of humanity and truth, that it may be a balance to a corrupt government and its unjust laws, and stand against it with its private verdict.
    As for prohibitionists/Obstructionists, their opinion of life is also a confession of their character. So then, to deny the suffering a harmless substance that relieves that suffering, is a true confession of their character, and only proves that their law is not only unjust, but fatal as well. Prohibitionists/
    Obstructionists are cruel in hidden and silent ways. The existance of evil and malignant men does not depend on themselves or on men; it indicates the virulence that still remains uncured in the universe.

  6. I think the women alliance is a great way to shed a positive light on marijuana and its uses.
    We sometimes forget about the stay at home mom or the successful working class who medicate daily and live well maintained lifestyles.
    The money wasted to promote marijuana in a negative way is unbelievable, So i think this is a great approach.
    Also i think the alliance is a great way to stay connected to the youth rather than the assumptions they will receive through the media about marijuana.
    Keep up the great work..

  7. I am a 22 year old female, I am hemp vendor-artist. I am surprised there wasn’t a women’s alliance sooner. No one comes together as strong as women do. Unity as an evolved people will allow us to prevail; We are far beyond what we have ever been in the past and we are intelligent enough now (hopefully) to not be eluded with propaganda(reefer madness, etc.) We know right from wrong and marijuana is not detrimental in anyway or wrong. In-fact, it helps people with painful medical problems get relief.
    Cyria Rose

  8. I hope you also add in “fix the card system or make sure its regulated in new states that pass a medical marijuana law”….as here in Cali, people “get medical” by saying “my knee hurts”…which drives up dispensary prices.

  9. keepsakes: I understand . Although I dont live in an area that is compassionate, I follow what is going on. I fear once cannabis is legal , our government will want to tax it so high, not many will be able to afford it, like those in your position. I hope you can do as you want, helping your fellow man or women seems to be lacking in government, they dont care. Yes they do penalize you. My parents years ago had to get divorced after 40 years to make it due to this stupid law.
    Any way as for helping others, the day will come when it will be legal for people to use canabis in my area. I plan to grow so others may not have the difficulty you have. Til then I am doing a lot of reading on the subject so that when its legal I’ll have all the knowledge I need. Hopefully I will be able to do it cheap enough to sell to those in need at as lower a price as possible. No need to be greedy. If enough people eventually get into the growing, there will be plenty for all. I wish us all luck in the future.
    As for the womens Alliance…beautiful! Hopefully this will give that big ol’ ball a good shove. We all know how the women of the 30’s helped end alcohol prohibition. Lets hope it works a second time. All you women have power beyond measure. Welcome aboard…officially.

  10. The story above is why America needs a workable Medical Marijuana program . Not one where there are thousands of so called “dispensaries” where anyone can get MM .The dispensaries need to be regulated by the state or cities where they are located. The only way MM will be acceptable everywhere is by a regulated system that looks and is legitimate and professionally run. Sorry to get of subject ,”self medicated”.And if you can ,grow your own.

  11. Prices will come down when marijuana is legal, and there will be no need for medical cards and high-priced dispensaries. Once a truly legal system has been in place for a year or so, the fears of prohibitionists will be proven unjustified and any adult will be able to buy or grow whatever variety of cannabis they want or need at dramatically lower prices than now. To me, one of the great harms of prohibition is the false value, the inflated prices that this common herb fetches.

  12. I second Greg’s comment… why would be divide NORML into a “Women’s Alliance” section? What does sex have to do with the liberty that all of us are entitled to. I applaud the effort for furthering the cause, but I don’t feel that doing something to divide a power would be better than simply doing what you were doing and showcasing women in NORML.
    Keep it simple, and keep it moving. It’s going in the right direction, let’s not try to mix things up too much.
    Still a little disheartened as to how women are any more or less powerful in this fight. Seems to reverse what we’ve been trying to do for so many years — equality all around.
    Dunno 😐
    [Editor’s note: From your male point of view the so-called marijuana movement may look united, for almost 40 years women have argued otherwise, largely feeling ignored and asked NORML to create a vehicle for them to better organize themselves.
    If you have never attended a pro-cannabis reform conference, seminar or protest, one of the first things that is immediately obvious is the disproportionately low number of women in attendance.
    In America politics, no party or cause can’t succeed without the mass participation of women.]

  13. Okay, I give in, the women’s alliance is a welcome site. But so when where there be a growers alliance? Afterall if we had not continued to break the laws for the last 70 years, for some of us, sites like NORML would not come into being. Some of us have been to prison for this so called crime, some of us have lost everything in this unjust act against our liberty. Where do us growers who have faced these tyrants, often on our own, where is our alliance? Will we as a Nation of Outlawed growers ever been seen for our efforts? As you enjoy your smoke today, what will you do to help those now in prison for keeping your liberty alive?
    My bet is that most of you folks now enjoying your cannabis will not think about those who lie chrushed under the weight of this unjust law.
    [Editor’ note: If cannabis cultivators want a distinct voice at NORML (where cultivators of cannabis have always had a voice), like the women, they too can organize under NORML’s banner. However, the problem with organizing cannabis cultivators is that, generally speaking, they are, logically, the least inclined of cannabis consumers who want to be ‘public’ or to organize politically.]

  14. Certainly appreciate this one: 5. The NORML Women’s Alliance strongly opposes the sexual exploitation and objectification of women in pot-culture and business marketing.

  15. It will take women to leglize cannabis, Women have more compassion and think outside the box. It is about time woman have a say in their meds .Men know nothing about women, let alone tell us what to take and what not to take. We want to manage our own health care. If we think cannabis is better, then that is what we want!!I am sick of this goverment and the men telling us what is good for us and what is not. How do they know, they NEVER tested cannabis on people, only on mice and what does that tell us. Only mice can use cannabis.I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!! I want these so called politicans to get their acts together and do what is good for THE people and not there greedy selves. Sorry if i sound angry, but all these lies from the goverment are sicking, and they are LIES!!!

  16. Umm…Really? Anyone else find this extremely sexist? We don’t have a NORML Men’s Alliance..Because that would be stupid. Why have Woman’s Alliance?

  17. Not sure your “Editor’ note” is true onwer of the note. Cannabis Growers in America must hide to survive. We don’t get an open form to really exchange growing ideas, seeds, farm equipment modifications, and newly developed greenhouse tech to grow Cannabis. We can’t discuss what works best in the different types of climates and soils found in North America. We don’t have a place to really compare crops and or compete with our buds like other farmers at any State Fair where our Nation’s growers normally gather and share ideas.
    For us cannabis growers to all come together and be organized politically or otherwise would been seen by law enforcement as Organized Crime.
    If we go “public” we will be attacked by our government and some of us have already served one or more prison sentences for defying these unlawful unjust cannabis laws. I know in my area of the country the growers would love to be able to gather together and compare that year’s cannabis crops and what grew best and who grew the best overall crop as if it were tomatoes or corn.
    [Editor’s note: Cannabis cultivators in 13 states (and soon DC) can openly discuss and even trade or giveaway cannabis cuttings if they’re medical cannabis patients or primary caregivers.]

  18. COMING SOON: http://www.NORMLwomen.com
    ..I bet you it will happen.
    If there is a NORML Women’s Alliance, then you will need a Men’s alliance, and then I bet a Gay’s alliance will show up, oh and then a Christian’s alliance…you get the point. This is beyond unnecessary and will only bring controversy.
    [Editor’s note: Why exactly is women organizing and discussing cannabis law reform controversial when organizing women is a major goal at NORML? And if Christians, Gays, Gunowners, Libertarians, Business owners, Republicans, Artisans, Environmentalists, Snowboarders, Hunters, Musicians, Liliputians, whomever….want to organize under NORML’s banner, why is that a bad thing for a social justice movement that suffers principally because not enough cannabis consumers are involved in their own liberation?]

  19. Congratulations to NORML for acknowledging some of the women who are active in the Cannabis legalization movement.
    Gramma Ganja

  20. This good for many reasons. These women are very influential. They will bring a common sense approach to cannabis law reform as seen by mothers, wives, sisters and grandmothers. We all know and respect some woman in our lives.
    It is also important to pay attention to who these women are. Leaders in our communities. Let us hope they lead our elected officials to lift prohibition. I already can feel a very good vibe coming from this. Lead on ladies!

  21. I just want you all to know how incredibly proud I am of all you’re doing with this effort. I am very impressed with the core values. I have been troubled by the obvious exploitation of women in cannabis product advertisements. While the movement doesn’t need to rise to the level of rigidity that the medical establishment follows, we need to look at their professionalism. Advertisers can make appealing products without the blatant exploitation of women.
    Bravo to all of you and I’m honored to be involved with this organization at this moment in history.
    Alan Caruthers
    Waco TX

  22. Scoobs Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 4:20 pm
    “This is beyond unnecessary and will only bring controversy.”
    OH MY!! CONTROVERSY…in the cannabis legalization movement!?!?! Stop! You’ll give me the vapors. The last thing we want is to upset the status quo.
    But congratulations on the 4:20 pm posting.

  23. While I applaud more people joining the cause, i think its stupid to have a “womens alliance”.
    What would you women say if there was a male club that gals cannot join?
    You would be up in arms.
    [Editor’s note: FYI…women have been complaining for decades that cannabis law reform organizations have ignored their concerns, which has led to a small percentage of women participating in their own liberation re cannabis. It is NOT stupid to work better and more cooperatively with over half the human population.
    Self-evidently there is no need for a male-only cannabis organization as males already dominate all of the law reform organizations.]

  24. I tend to disagree about women being ignored. I’ve read on other stories pertaining to women in Cannabis that many have been too concerned to come forward with their position on Cannabis due to various fears of career, healthcare, law enforcement, etc. (Understandably so of course) If I’m not mistaken this was actually explained in one of your previous articles… Not quite sure being ignored is the same as staying out of the public eye in regards to what you do on your own time.
    So, this leads me to this: I’m all for women being involved in everything, I’m all for equality, but it seems that it’s easier now for people (Namely women as this alliance suggests) to step in and show support because of the increasing tolerance/understanding of the US population – making it less risky. Meaning if women haven’t been involved for so long, then it must’ve been men that have created such a momentous effort to date. After all, California’s had a dispensary dream for some time now. And if women were involved with this effort, then why the extra spotlight on them now? Either way, it just doesn’t add up in my opinion.
    Like I said before, if you want to showcase women and their influential power and their career success and their usage of Cannabis as not being detrimental, that’s fine. But keep the overall effort equal.
    I’m still disheartened by this. You’d think in this day we’d work for complete unity. Isn’t that what generally overcomes the masses of nay-sayers.
    I’ll continue supporting Norml of course, but I do hope this is reviewed with a more critical eye. If you see this type of response in the comments, and you do, then you’re already becoming successful at splitting efforts as opposed to amplifying a single one.
    More is not always better… if we could only remember this at times.
    [Editor’s note: It makes no sense that you claim to recognize the disparity and inequalities of women not being more involved in cannabis law reform, then deny them the ability to self-organize and develop an effective law reform narrative and voice.
    If NORML is too progressive and open-minded for you, then you should consider supporting a more chauvinistic organization that does not respect the concerns, responsibilities and dreams of women.
    Good luck with that kind public advocacy in modern America.]

  25. [Editor’s note: Cannabis cultivators in 13 states (and soon DC) can openly discuss and even trade or giveaway cannabis cuttings if they’re medical cannabis patients or primary caregivers.] 13 States don’t equal 50 States, Most of the crop land in America can not grow cannabis in the open. The Majority of the Growing States for our Nation’s ffod supply are not in the 13 States with Medical Cannabis. My liberty to act can not and is not based on Medical Cannabis, I have an inelienable absolute right, regardless of my wayward Governments crimal stance to have and own any PLANT on this Planet.
    Those 13 States do not represent the farming belt of this Nation. Which one of those States your talking about produced Wheat by the tons, or Corn, Green Beans, Milo, and the list of primary foods goes on. Just how many silos does the State of Washington have?
    How many acres does DC tile each year? In the growing belt of this Nation stands the finest soils in America. And YES, women can do anything a man can, yes we need to move away from a world ruled just by men. Yes we need to be equal in all ways, but drawing lines between folks has never helped anyone. Having special interest groups has cause a lot of violence and inequality.
    Sorry about the spelling again, like most, sometimes I see what I want not what is real.
    [Editor’s note: NORML and this blog are not subservient to Midwest states, and the citizens in these states that consistently FAIL to effectively organize and change their state’s cannabis laws.
    Move to a state that affords greater personal freedom, organize better to reform laws in your state…but don’t think for a moment that the one-third of the US population who has already organized for cannabis law reforms is going to delay progressive reforms because the citizens of the Midwest of the US (save for MI) can’t effectively fight for cannabis law reforms
    >And YES, women can do anything a man can, yes we need to move away from a world >ruled just by men.
    >Having special interest groups has cause a lot of violence and inequality.
    The male chauvinism displayed by some commentators on this blog stands as proof to NORML of the difficulties women have trying to get involved in cannabis law reform, and further underscores the need for women to be more involved in the cannabis law reform movement.
    NORML is a ‘special interest group’ and it does not engender violence or inequality.]

  26. both sexes could gain such a great medicine…….if we could buy our representatives back from the ones who pay them now….the ones who prosper from our slavery

    [Editor’s note: Um….men already dominate cannabis law reform leadership…there is hardly a need for male-only cannabis law reform organizations.]

  28. SO,…..if ( that’s a big IF) there were a men’s alliance; would that be OK….or would it be sexist if men form an ONLY men’s group for Marijuans reform??
    Just asking…..because I know how much women hate those pesky double-standards (other) men use……???
    [Editor’s note: For the insecure males or outright chauvinists, they can certainly form they’re own male-only cannabis law reform organizations. Good luck with that…]

  29. Ladies, Bros
    Please can’t we get along here? I think it is appropriate for men to have a networking/support area as well as for women. Men and women do connect and communicate in different ways. why does it have to be sexist? Why is this petty issue all the discussion on here it seems? Aren’t there larger issues we could all be addressing? Man this is goin down a road of division and I don’t wanna see that for anyone. we need to connect not divide. Aren’t we all subgroups of NORML anyway?
    I just don’t see what the big deal is about mens groups vs. womens groups when there are ppl out there who are starving and doing without needed meds among many, many other activist topics.
    Can we please move on?

  30. Sorry to read the touchiness of this subject. It’s gone on for so long that it’s habit and many people don’t take the time to recognize such.
    Some will laugh, some will disagree, some will roll their eyes, however, we’re in an astrological cycle that is best understood as a time when all sorts of delays interfere with communication efforts. It’s also a time to review what is already in motion, which means it’s best spent examining the details of life with an eye toward what would benefit from a correction or adjustment. Try to avoid obsessive clinging to a one-way-only attitude fellow reformers.
    With you ladies during this necessary correction on the world stage, and you too gentlemen.

  31. Whether your a man or woman, the time is now to spread the message, off your couch, and get involved in cannabis activism.
    You can start by watching and sharing the great cannabis and hemp videos at CannabisTV.org and CannabisTV.blip.tv.
    Send these links to friends, family, and potential medical cannabis patients.

  32. Then my calculations were correct. AND why do you automatically assume that my intentions were (how did you put it….), chauvinistic?? I have no intention of forming an all male group(don’t need to). I was just wondering if(hypothetically) a group of men did form an ONLY male group….would you(NORML) view it as sexist?? And your answer….it would appear…is yes.
    NOW. My whole argument is invalid IF the NORML Women’s Alliance will accept Male applicants.
    IF they do not….HOW is that NOT the same thing as a “boys only” club???
    And if there is nothing wrong with a “girls” club(which there isn’t)….then why are “boys” clubs ALWAYS looked at as chauvinistic?? I mean; surely out there somewhwere is a Men’s alliance group that is NOT sexist-based…..or is that hoping for the impossible??

  33. By the way……loved how the editor answered my question with an insult/assumed generalization.

  34. what is the gov…. so afraid of, people getting better at no cost to them if we could grow are own meds

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