In Recognition of Women's History Month

This is part of an ongoing series featuring women who are leading the movement for the elimination of marijuana prohibition and the reform of laws governing its use in the United States. They are making history in law reform advocacy, cannabis related business and politics and in the field of medical research and patient care.
In May 1929, Pauline Sabin founded the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR). It was a platform for women who were demanding the repeal of the 18th amendment forbidding the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Known as the Sabin women, the leadership of the WONPR consisted primarily of the nonpartisan wives of leaders of American industry. In a little over a year, almost 1.5 million Sabin Women were publicly calling for an end to prohibition-inspired violence and political malfeasance related to the illegal production of alcohol.

“We believe that there are multitudes of women who are opposed to national prohibition who welcome an opportunity as a body to voice their opposition and work for such a change in the law.” –Pauline Sabin

In 2010, concerned female scientists, politicians, mothers and working women all over America are fighting with equal passion to end the prohibition of marijuana. They are following in the footsteps of Pauline Sabin, M. Louise Grosse (Founder of the Molly Pitcher Club), Mary T. Norton (the first female Democrat elected to serve in the house and member of the WONPR Advisory Council), and other female leaders of the 1930’s anti-prohibitionist movement. Like their predecessors, these women are the true change makers who are working to normalize, legalize, tax and regulate the use of a substance currently used by tens of millions of Americans. They are inspiring women from all social circles and political spheres to speak up and publicly support sensible, responsible cannabis policies based on science, reason and compassion.
While any attempt to identify the most impressive female leaders of the marijuana legalization movement is guaranteed to miss many of those who have toiled long and hard to move this cause forward, the women listed here were selected for their outspoken activism and media outreach. They are presenting a new public face to the reform movement and serving as inspiration for like-minded women everywhere. If there is a sister in the movement you would like to see recognized by the NORML Women’s Alliance, please email Sabrina Fendrick with her name and a bio of her accomplishments at sabrina@norml.org.
The NORML Women’s Alliance would like to honor all of the female NORML Directors who are paving the way toward rational cannabis policies and are setting a wonderful example as women who have actively taken on leadership roles (this year and last) within the NORML family. Thank-you ladies, you are making history:
NORML Women Chapter Leaders


Highlights of Women Making History

Madeline Martinez is the Sole Proprietress of the United States’ first Cannabis Cafe which opened in late 2009. She is the Executive Director of Oregon NORML, NORML’s largest and most successful chapter affiliate, boasting more than 2,000 dues paying members. She is currently working on legislation to remove all civil and criminal penalties surrounding cannabis use for adults with Sensible Oregon. Her goal is to inspire all states to push for similar legislation and create Sensible America.  Madeline is a retired peace officer and grandmother of six. Martinez is also a member of NORML’s Board of Directors as well as NORML’s Pauline Sabin Winner in 2007.


Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is a State Senator from Washington. Representing Seattle in the State Senate, Kohl-Welles has a long history of supporting marijuana legislation, including efforts to expand patient access to medical marijuana and to depenalize adult use. In addition to her chairmanship of the Sen. Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee, Sen. Kohl-Welles sits on the Senate Ways & Means and Judiciary Committees. She has been representing her district in one capacity or another for almost 20 years.


Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson is a State Representative for the city of Seattle and many of its neighboring communities. Representative Dickerson has been a major advocate for marijuana law reform in Washington and was a primary sponsor of 2010 legislation that sought to regulate the use of marijuana for adults.  She was also a co-sponsor of the House bill to decriminalize marijuana (a companion bill to Kohl-Welles’ Senate decriminalization bill) and a cosponsor of the House version of the medical marijuana expansion bill (also a companion bill to Kohl-Welles’ Senate version).


Dr. Julie Holland is a board certified psychiatrist in New York City whose appearance on The Today Show’s Stiletto Stoners broadcast helped introduce America to the growing phenomenon of responsible, successful women using who use cannabis instead of alcohol. Her eloquent and intelligent commentary on this nationally broadcast segment not only shed a positive light on female cannabis consumers, but was also a major inspiration for the creation of the NORML Women’s Alliance. Dr. Holland is also a published author and outspoken advocate for sensible marijuana policies. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital’s medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and intoxication states, and lectures widely on this topic. She published a paper in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, describing a resurgence of the drug phenomenon smoking marijuana soaked in embalming fluid, which may be a carrier for PCP.


Jessica Corry is a Denver-based attorney, public policy analyst, and influential political strategist. She is the leading voice for conservatives against marijuana prohibition and is one of the most high profile activists in the state. On a national level, Corry has been publicly advocating marijuana law reform and has been quoted or featured in several media-related pieces.  This includes a spotlight feature in a Washington Post editorial, “Reefer Sanity: The marijuana lobby goes mainstream,” written by fellow charter member of the NORML Women’s Alliance, columnist Kathleen Parker, and repeat appearances on Fox News . Corry is a Republican mother of two young children who believes that marijuana prohibition is a violation of states rights and undermines the American family. She is also a regular blogger on the Huffington Post and was chosen as one of Colorado’s top political “Movers and Shakers” by the Colorado Statesman.


Mieko Hester-Perez is a brave mother and newcomer to the marijuana reform movement. Hester-Perez received national attention after being featured on ABC News, CBS News, Good Morning America and Fox News as a parent who uses medical cannabis as treatment for her autistic son. “At first I did some research, and I found a doctor who actually had a protocol for medical marijuana in children diagnosed with autism,” Hester-Perez told “Good Morning America.” Her 10-year-old son was dangerously underweight, “you could see the bones in his chest. He was going to die,” she said on the nationally syndicated television morning show. “My son had self-injurious behaviors. He was extremely aggressive, he would run out of our house… he was a danger to himself and others.” A few hours after giving her son a cannabis-infused brownie she saw a major change in her son’s eating habits and behavior. “Marijuana balanced my son,” says Hester-Perez. She is a wonderful mother and a proud parent who understands the importance of marijuana law reform and is fighting to normalize the movement with her public advocacy and activism. She was also a featured speaker at the hugely successful Los Angeles Hemp Conference and Medical Marijuana Expose.


Cheryl Shuman is the founder and Executive Director of the new Beverly Hills NORML chapter, one of NORML’s most high-profile affiliates. For many years, Shuman ran a thriving celebrity serving business and was known as the “Optician to the Stars.” She recently organized one of the most successful and widely attended gatherings of the medical marijuana community, the 2010 Los Angeles Hemp Con Medical Marijuana Show. She was presented as the key note speaker and partnered with HempCon funder Mega Productions to serve as a co-producer. As an ode to women in the marijuana reform movement, Shuman planned a full day dedicated to women speakers that included several high profile female activists. Her press conference, prior to the convention, featured cultural icon Cheech Marin of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong. The news event received significant local coverage and was picked up by major national outlets, including USA Today. She has brought considerable attention to the cannabis crusade in California, and is working to normalize the image of the movement into that of a modern, mainstream fight for social justice.  Several major media outlets have done feature stories on Shuman’s activism, including Reason TV, who captured the well known standing ovation Shuman received after giving testimony to the LA City Council. She has also been featured on KTLA and in The Sacramento Bee.


Alison Chinn-Holcomb, Esq is the Drug Policy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington State. She has been spearheading the effort to legalize use and was the primary lobbyist for this year’s WA marijuana reform bills. She is the 2008 recipient of NORML’s Pauline Sabin Award for her continued successful efforts in Washington as a leading woman in the marijuana reform movement. As a successful criminal defense attorney for years prior to joining the ACLU team, she has represented many clients in marijuana prosecutions and was a member of the Marijuana Policy Panel that was formed in 2003 to monitor the implementation of voter-passed I-75.


Marie Myung-Ok Lee is another brave mother who found medical cannabis to work miracles with her son’s autism and in May of 2009 bravely wrote a long article called “Why I Give My 9-Year-Old Son Pot” in Slate Magazine. Her son’s illness had caused him to have violent aggressive outbursts, chew holes in his shirt, and suffer from other major debilitating behaviors that not only took place at home but also while he was attending school, “The teachers were wearing tae kwon do arm pads to protect themselves against his biting.” As she mentions in the article the effects of the medical cannabis on her son were life changing. “Since we started him on his ‘special tea,’ J’s little face, which is sometimes a mask of pain, has softened. He smiles more.” Her story was also covered in the online blog Mom Logic. She is an acclaimed Korean American writer and author of “Somebody’s Daughter: A Novel.”  Currently, she is a visiting lecturer at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas at Brown University. “When I researched cannabis the way I did conventional drugs, it seemed clear to me that marijuana at the very least wouldn’t harm J, and might help. It’s strange, I’ve come to think, that the virtues of such a useful and harmless botanical have been so clouded by stigma.” Marie Myung-Ok Lee is bringing a maternal, mainstream face to the positive uses of medical marijuana. Her bravery and strength makes her a wonderful asset in the fight to give a voice to anti-prohibition parents.


Julie Stewart, the founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), a twenty-year old advocacy group fighting for fair sentencing laws.  Stewart was inspired to get active after her brother, a nonviolent, first-time drug offender was sentenced to five years in a federal prison for growing marijuana. Stewart was personally affected by marijuana’s prohibition and is fighting to move criminal justice sentencing guidelines away from mandatory minimums. Stewart’s lobbying achievements and considerable media coverage has earned her major recognition, including coverage in several Washington Post articles. In 2007, Stewart testified in front of the U.S. Sentencing Commission (whose role is to set guidelines regarding sentencing defendants in federal court) and successfully advocated for them to amend the new sentencing rules to qualify thousands of drug offenders for release from federal prison. One of her most recent achievements includes putting an end to the sentencing disparity between the unjust penalties for individuals prosecuted for crack cocaine-related charges, a majority of whom are African American, and the more lenient punishment associated with crimes involving powder cocaine, which tends to be more common among white people.


In Memoriam
Women from Marijuana Reform History
Dr. Ester Fride (1953-2010) Israeli Scientist who showed that a newborn mammal can not suckle when lacking one of the two cannabinoid receptors. Upon receiving her doctorate in psychoneurobiology, she conducted her research in the U.S. at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health, focusing on how prenatal stress and neonatal development in the brain. In 1990 in Israel, she began work in the lab of Raphael Mechoulam, who concentrated his research on the clinical application of cannabinoids. Fride was also involved in the identification of an endocannabinoid, 2-Arachidonyl Glyceryl ether, and was co-author of a breakthrough paper describing how the newly found compound responds to the cannabinoid receptor. She is best known for her work at the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, where she first hypothesized that endocannabinoids played a role in the nursing process and found evidence of a third cannabinoid receptor. Fride wrote in the European Journal of Pharmacology in 2004 that, “The medical implications [that newborn mice lacking the cannabinoid receptor CB1 are unable to suckle at birth] are far-reaching…and suggest a promising future for cannabinoids [CB1 deprived puppies injected with THC promptly after birth, were able to suckle and developed normally] in pediatric medicine for conditions including ‘non-organic failure-to-thrive’ and cystic fibrosis.”


Cheryl Miller (1946-2003) was one of the first medical marijuana activists in the state of New Jersey. Miller suffered from multiple sclerosis for over 30 years and is best known for being featured in a 2002 political ad critical of then Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) for publicly stating that she should be arrested and incarcerated for using medical cannabis. The ad was deemed the “Most Dramatic Political Ad in 2002” by the National Journal and has been credited for bringing down Barr’s re-election bid to congress. The add aired 4,000 times on major news and cable networks. From acts of civil disobedience, to public protests, to starring in several advocacy commercials, Miller acted on behalf of thousands of seriously ill patients who were desperate and dying to legally access medical marijuana. Sadly, Cheryl Miller did not live to see New Jersey become the Nation’s 14th state to legalize medial marijuana. But her memory will live on through the incorporation of this hard fought new law which is fondly referred to by locals as the “Cheryl Miller Medical Marijuana Act.”  A recipient of NORML’s Lifetime Achievement for medical cannabis, along with her brave and loving husband Jim Miller, Cheryl Miller has earned her place as a major player in the history of marijuana law reform.


Dr. Dorothy Whipple (1901-1995) was a pediatrician and author who didn’t get active in marijuana law reform until later in her senior years. She was one of NORML’s earliest supporters and a founding member of the first NORML Advisory Board in the early 1970’s. Dr. Whipple wrote “Q: Is the Grass Greener? Answers to Questions About Drugs,” advocating a more compassionate alternative to the criminal prosecution of marijuana related offenses. She served as one of NORML’S star expert witnesses at state legislative hearings across the nation and was a staunch advocate for women’s rights.
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Lynn Zimmer (1947-2006) was a sociologist from Queens College who co-author “Marijuana Myths/Marijuana Facts,” one of the leading scholarly books on marijuana. To date, it has been published and translated in seven different languages. She was well known for writing on several drug-related issues, including education, drug testing and public messaging.  Zimmer was also a frequent expert guest on radio and TV programs. In 2000 Zimmer was honored by NORML as a recipient of the Lester Grinspoon Award for Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law. Her intelligent perspective and insight into the issue of drugs in society have solidified her place as one of the most distinguished scholars in the area of marijuana and drug policy reform.  For several years, she was an active and valued member of the NORML Board of Directors.  She was a supporter of the organization and the cause until the end.

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  1. That’s good to see more an more women come out about this .I just wish there was one from Iowa.

  2. Just imagine the number of women who have been arrested for cannabis, women who would otherwise have no reason for contact with law enforcement.
    Now think about all these women in jails with sexist police who sometimes sexual harass and sometime rape their prisoners, this is not uncommon
    cannabis laws only give law enforcement excuses to abuse society especially the vulnerable ones

  3. Thankyou and Congratulations to all of those woman who pioneered for all of us on this most important topic.

  4. Awesome cast. We all know women seem to be more sincere and therefore more believable. It is so wonderful to have them on our side. Thank you ladies.

  5. My heroines! Thank you all!! I especially miss Lynn Zimmer’s grace and intelligence…
    I was fortunate to speak at the Univ. of Arkanas last night and as I told the overflow crowd: “I’m not great at math, but I know substantive cannabis law reform is not possible without the active support of more women.”
    To all the women reading these words who care about cannabis law reform, if you’re not already a member of NORML and/or a local NORML chapter, please get involved ASAP to seriously supercharge what is already a busy and productive social justice movement.
    Again, many thanks to all of the amazing women above who, in their time on this earth, have already made huge a difference in the lives of loved ones and society.

  6. Thank you ladies. With your help we will get this insane law changed.Couldnt imagine doing it without you.

  7. That’s wonderful. Now maybe NORML will take the time and dedicate a specific story to all of the men involved in their efforts. I’m not against giving credit where credit is due, but I think it would have been more constructive to celebrate the achievements of members of NORML based on their meritorious deeds, rather than their genitalia. Giving specific notice to beings based on their sex/gender seems like a bit like “discrimination” to me.
    -Oz
    [Editor’s note: Funny how threatened men get when women get highlighted! Probably one of the reasons why it is hard for women to get involved in cannabis law reform–which is so male dominated–is because some men, like you Oz, are so insecure and easily incensed when the good work of women is featured on NORML’s webpage.]

  8. Monkeys for Marijuana reform , too .
    ( and don’t forget cows & other animals )
    Men Park Rangers for legalization of Cannabis .
    Men Postal Delivery employees for Marijuana
    Male truck drivers for legalization
    Male construction workers for weed .
    Gay MEN for Cannabis
    Straight MEN for decriminalization .
    Trans – Genders for legalization .
    Large MEN for Cannabis .
    [Editor’s note: OK…thank you very much for affirming why there is a genuine need for the NORML Women’s Alliance.]

  9. wow. that was a powerful article. ladies if i can only see 1.5 million of you doing the same thing pauline sabin did back in her day. i would be so proud. you would be making history.

  10. Sad to see negative lashing out over a purely benevolent show of gratitude. As stated, the bulk of active pro-legalizers are men . . . do you want it to stay this way? By recognizing and encouraging the achievements of women, more will be inclined to join the fight. Nothing bad about that, friends.

  11. I think it’s great to see these fellow women highlighted. I have read about many of them it is nice to be able to put a picture with the name.

  12. These intelligent, brave women are some of my greatest heroes!
    – I especially commend the courage of Mieko Hester-Perez,
    whom I saw on
    The Doctors
    (2-Feb-2010),
    and the groundbreaking work of late neurobiology-researcher Dr. Ester Fride,
    who established the vital & essential-roles of endocannabinoids / anandamides
    in human physiology.

  13. I’m with Oz.
    Not to mention the term “Stiletto stoners” seems derogatory to me, but, that’s just my opinion and I’m sure this will receive an editor’s comment. For one, this seems to assume all women wear Stilettos. Also, this refers to those who use Cannabis as “Stoners” — a term which I despise, akin to “Alcoholic.”
    Whatever. Editor, we’re entitled to our opinions… why do you feel the need to challenge every opinion that differs from your own?
    I thought everyone had the same destination in mind, both men and women alike. But, alas, maybe something else is at play here.
    [Editor’s note: NORML did not create and does not promote ‘Stilleto Stoners’. That was the name of a magazine article from the fall of 2009. To some degree the NORML Women’s Alliance was born from NOT wanting to promote such a stupid and narrow cast of women who consume cannabis. Why are you so insecure that women are highlighted? Do you have a problem with more than half the population? Get over your sexism, it is toxic.]

  14. Whats with all the sexism? You guys really that insecure? If women have a problem with the terms used , shouldnt you let them decide that? Quit thumpin your chest and accept them for the PEOPLE they are.

  15. Oh, sorry, I won’t be thanking or congratulating you on your efforts and accomplishments because empowerment is a handicap.
    Wait, what?
    Sarcasm aside; much appreciated ladies. Thankyou!
    Shame on you downers.

  16. Your response was expected.
    I’m not sexist, but you do appear to be pretty childish in not allowing people to express their opinions without your direct rebuttal appended to each post.
    [Editor’s note: If you’re not a sexist, stop posting sexist rants.]

  17. Bravo ladies. You’re a credit to humanity. Leave it to the ladies. Do you still state that “the best man for the job is a woman.” You certainly have the support of the male population. Genesist men and women are 100% behind you. You go girls!

  18. Thank you ladies. The unfair legal system is crazy. These sentences are mean. Remember when John & Yoko did the music benefit for the man who got 10 years for selling an undercover cop 2 joints? Insane!!! They released him after that concert. Attention to the injustice will make a change. You ladies are helping a LOT of people. So is NORML. Many blessings for continued energy to press on & achieve, marijuana reform & legalization.

  19. I know you’re not going to publish this. I just sent this contact form to a government agency on drug abuse:
    Every news article I’ve read is indicating marijuana may be legalized across the board (in other words, not just glaucoma patients who are turning dealers in droves) in California and that it has overwhelming support.
    That will be the test state, and if it passes there, it will spread to other states like a cancer. How does a pothead control where his smoke goes? All the uproar over second-hand smoke, and it’s bs–no human lung is designed to respirate smoke–ANY SMOKE. You get cancer from joints just as you do cigarettes.
    Now how do you control where the smoke goes? People NOT smoking pot will get stoned as well–IT IS CALLED A CONTACT HIGH.
    If the state of California legalizes pot in violation of federal law, and the federal government refuses to protect its citizens–LAWSUIT, LAWSUIT, LAWSUIT. I’m high and wrecked my car. My kid is dead. Lawsuit. My baby is high. I don’t want someone I don’t even know getting my baby stoned. Lawsuit. I left my home sober and arrived at work stoned. I lost my job. Lawsuit.
    When you turn on a light, the COCKROACHES are the ones who are supposed to run for the cracks in the wall. You have decent people now having to run for the cracks. I turned on my TV at 6:30 in the morning–the time of day when children have every right to walk freely about their own goddamn homes, and there were people fucking–full-blown graphic fucking on my TV set–‘Cassanova’ being aired on USA network. That is not a porn channel and it is not a premium movie channel. The FCC does NOTHING.
    We are having this one state of dysfunctional people imposing their degenerate values and immorality on the rest of the country and decent families and parents scrambling around with blocks WHICH DO NOT WORK—the people who want porn are the ones who are supposed to be making the effort to get their porn. People who do not want it should have to do NOTHING whatsoever.
    Now you’re going to have drug addicts smoking pot out in public. “Go watch cartoons, honey. Mommy’s getting stoned.” Haven’t locked up enough mothers whose babies have drowned in the bathwater while mom was smoking regular pot? “Mommy? What’s that man doing?” “Oh he’s just getting high, dear.”
    YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY AND A MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT US.
    If CA or any other state makes it legal for people to use drugs in public or in their homes in front of their kids or anyone else’s kids, and you do NOT send in the national guard and shut it the fuck down, I will blow the fucking head off the first addict I see smoking drugs outside in broad fucking daylight.
    You are letting these people feed off us and destroy us. This culture of sex every fucking where and ‘legalize all recreational drugs’ is a cancer. Shut it the fuck down NOW.
    [Editor’s note: Not post your bizarre and foul mouthed invective? No way, your rant is gold and a great argument to legalize cannabis. Cannabem liberemus!!]

  20. Well presented article Sabrina, thanks.
    Nice to learn a little more about these women, it gives substance and adds a personal touch. People want some additional details about a person in this movement other than their name and title.

  21. Nearly three-quarters-of-a-century after it was made illegal; half-a-century after it was proven to be practically harmless – why is it still a crime to possess and smoke marijuana?
    Here is a list of ten famous people who died as a result of nicotine abuse:
    Humphrey Bogart
    Edward R. Murrow
    Nat King Cole
    George Harrison
    John Huston
    Noel Coward
    Betty Grable
    Walt Disney
    Gary Cooper
    Peter Jennings
    Here is another list. Ten famous people who died from alcoholism:
    Billie Holiday
    Jack Kerouac
    Truman Capote
    Lorenz Hart
    Veronica Lake
    Bix Beiderbecke
    Montgomery Clift
    Dylan Thomas
    John Barrymore
    Errol Flynn
    Now I’m going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass.
    Go on, I’m waiting….
    Couldn’t do it, could you? Don’t feel bad. Neither could I. Not only am I not aware of anyone ever dying in that manner, I am not aware of it happening in all recorded human history. If someone can come up with one example I’ll shut up forever on the subject. Is it a “gateway drug” as they never tire of reminding us? An argument may be made that it is. But so is Pabst Blue Ribbon. Also, ciggies and booze have absolutely no medicinal value. Marijuana has. Think about it.
    Do I advocate its use? I don’t. I haven’t smoked pot in over twenty years and have no intention of taking up the habit again any time soon. But at the dawn of the second decade of the twenty-first century the question is screaming to be asked: Why are we still having this stupid conversation?
    http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com
    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  22. I’m 51 and old school in the sense that I generally despise femenists. But I also know when not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Bravo to these women for doing something really constructive and beneficial for mankind!

  23. so why doesn’t Norml have a headline about the Florida law that passed to ban headshops?

  24. ok sooooo when is this march going to happen to show that this organization is dead serious? government or whoever it is isnt taking this issue serious. i would love to see some smokable change. New york !

  25. Janet Doe…what the hell kind of Pharmacuticals are you taking?After that rant and threating to blow peoples heads off..guess who looks like a drugged out nut?

  26. Good lord, thought I had an anger issue (at times) Janet Doe. You are the one who needs to use cannabis because you definitely have a problem. Complete lack of understanding surrounding the issue.

  27. To #24 Janet Doe: you need to lay off the heavy narcotics and lobotomizing pills Big Pharma’s throwing at you. Seriously though, I’ll bet the tools at whatever gov’t agency you sent that rant to enjoyed seeing the government’s own half baked lies regurgitated back at them. First of all, you claim joints can cause cancer just like cigs. This allegation has never, despite decades of research trying to support it, been proven. In fact, government researchers, who started their studies with the sole goal of proving cannabis dangerous, found instead that cannabis use may be associated with a lower risk of cancer. Put that in your pill and swallow it.
    How do you control where smoke goes? Same way we control everything else; you don’t. Considering all the carcinogens and other toxins floating around our air, I don’t think a little more cannabis smoke than we already experience will be an issue. For your information, contact highs can occur, but only in extremely enclosed spaces. For example, smoking a couple blunts in a car with the windows rolled up would give anybody who didn’t smoke in the same car a contact high. This doesn’t happen outside in the fresh air – the smoke is diluted the minuted it leaves your lungs.
    Every potential lawsuit you mention in the next paragraph is completely asinine. Oh my God, people might drive stoned! As if none of the millions of Americans who habitually use cannabis right now drive stoned! They’re all waiting til it’s legal, then they’ll go crazy! By the way, anyone stupid enough to bring a lawsuit after crashing their own car while intoxicated should be imprisoned for life. We don’t need retards like that walking the streets. It would be like letting a drunk driver bring a lawsuit for causing an accident. Who would he even sue? Himself? The judge would laugh you right out the door (I hope).
    Your baby’s high? Why did you let your baby get high, you irresponsible monster? I have never heard a drug law reformer say they want kids to have drugs. Why do prohibitionists seem to want kids to have drugs? Every time we propose a system that would explicitly prohibit selling to minors – as opposed to our current, no id needed system – the prohibitionists start talking about kids having tons of drugs. Schoolkids can already get drugs, but only BECAUSE of our current laws. Janet, why do you support kids having drugs? Do you have a soul?
    You left your home sober and arrived at work stoned? I’m sorry, but there’s only one way that can happen: you were smoking in your car on the way to work. I don’t care how many smokers you pass on your way to work, you won’t get high by driving past them. And, just as with alcohol, businesses would reserve the right to fire workers who come in high, unless they have a legit medical condition (same way you can eat vicodin at work with a legit condition – my boss does that). By the way, judging your personality from what you’ve written, I’d rather deal with you stoned than sober.
    What the hell does porn on network tv have to do with cannabis?
    So you’d rather we let the dysfunctional power junkies run our lives?
    Cannabis users who are going to use and parent irresponsibly are already doing so. The only parents who are actually discouraged from smoking by law (as opposed to simply because they don’t want to) are the ones who would use responsibly if they did at all. You’re already paying for whatever cannabis using welfare moms are going to be on the system. People who are going to abuse the system like that are already doing so. They don’t have the morals to wait until it’s legal. And most mothers I’ve read of getting arrested over drowning babies drowned their babies intentionally, not because they were stoned.
    The only people the gov’t has any responsibility to protect me from are foreign powers and those who would take undue advantage of me (for example, unscrupulous business men). I want them to make sure my food isn’t tainted with industrial chemicals, but they need to stay the hell out of my house. The gov’t has no business protecting me from myself. That’s my job.
    I love that blatant threat you throw in at the end. Somebody should call the FBI about a potential terrorist at your address. I’d love to see your face on the news.

  28. MY RESPONSES TO Janet D’oh!
    #24 Janet Doe Says:
    April 1st, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    …Every news article I’ve read is indicating marijuana may be
    legalized across the board …in California and that it has overwhelming support.
    RE: It’s about time!!!
    That will be the test state, and if it passes there, it will spread to other states like a cancer.
    How does a pothead control where his smoke goes?
    All the uproar over second-hand smoke, and it’s bs–no human lung is designed to respirate smoke–ANY SMOKE.
    You get cancer from joints just as you do cigarettes.
    RE: The carcinogenicity of cannabis-smoke has been DISPROVEN.
    BESIDES,
    Smoking is NOT the only way to consume cannabis…
    (e.g., There are Vaporizers, Tinctures and Edibles).

    Now how do you control where the smoke goes?
    People NOT smoking pot will get stoned as well–IT IS CALLED A CONTACT HIGH….
    RE: Second-hand smoke-induced contact-highs are only possible in small, enclosed areas,
    and are very mild compared to direct, purposeful ingestion.
    Besides,
    Applicable laws against cigarrete-smoking would also apply to smoked cannabis.

    YOU HAVE A RESPONSIBILTY AND A MORAL AND LEGAL OBLIGATION TO PROTECT US.
    RE: This is what Taxation & Regulation,
    (similar to the way tobacco and alcohol are regulated),
    will better-accomplish than our present Prohibition 2.0…

    If CA or any other state makes it legal for people to use drugs in public or in their homes in front of their kids or anyone else’s kids,
    and you do NOT send in the national guard and shut it the fuck down, I will blow the fucking head off the first addict I
    see smoking drugs outside in broad fucking daylight.
    RE: Janet Doe, what are YOU on!?!
    Have you even read the text of the California initiative???
    It FORBIDS its use in public, or in front of children, or its sale to or use by those under 21…

    You are letting these people feed off us and destroy us.
    This culture of sex every fucking where and ‘legalize all recreational drugs’ is a cancer. Shut it the fuck down NOW.
    [Editor’s note: Not post your bizarre and foul mouthed invective? No way, your rant is gold and a great argument to legalize cannabis. Cannabem liberemus!!]
    RE: Editor, I second that;
    Cannabem liberemus!!!

  29. Dear , NORML,
    You seemed to be obessed with this women thing making you the sexist . What about trans – genders ? Ever think of MEN , too ?!People are people and you don’t need to put everyone into a catagory ( women ) . How silly .
    WE ARE ALL ONE .
    [Editor’s note: ‘We are all one?’…Self-evidently, from the hostility demonstrated by some of the insecure and apparently intimidated by women males who’ve chosen to comment, we are not one.
    Why would a woman feel welcomed by the likes of demeaning and chiding sexists?]

  30. [Editor’s note: Funny how threatened men get when women get highlighted! Probably one of the reasons why it is hard for women to get involved in cannabis law reform–which is so male dominated–is because some men, like you Oz, are so insecure and easily incensed when the good work of women is featured on NORML’s webpage.]
    Re-read my original comment you sexist twit! Why is it so important to specifically note that a “woman” did something? Don’t women do note worthy things when no one is looking? Are they born limbless and invalid? NO! I think it is important enough to note achievements, regardless of one’s sex. Being specific about gender/sex is being discriminant. I thought the whole point of the women’s lib movement was to get women out from under the glass ceiling imposed by male-dominated society (ie END SEXUAL-DISCRIMINATION). Look around you….IT WORKED! So now that women are in positions of prominence throughout our society, is it still note-worthy that a “woman” did “something”? Personally I think in these apathetic times, it is important enough that “someone” did “something” regardless of what’s between their legs.
    -Oz
    [Editor’s note: If you think that sexism has been eliminated in America or in the cannabis law reform movement, I have a three letter acronym for you to choke on: MPP.
    One does not have to re-read your sexist rants to readily recognize that your a male chauvinist. Do you also have problems when the elderly are recognized? How about minorities? How about the handicapped? Gay/Lesbian?
    We don’t live in a perfect Utopian society (there is no such thing) and your protests that women are FINALLY being invited into cannabis law reform en mass and recognized for their self-sacrificing accomplishments affirms such, unfortunately…]

  31. As I was laying in bed last night wanting to go to sleep I couldn’t help but wonder what Dr. Julie Holland would have said to commenter #24.
    And wondering how commenter #24 would Really respond if they were in the same room with all these fabulous women.

  32. You are hostile with your positive views toward women only . Sorry , your so insecure . You seem to be intimatated by the fact that not only women but men dominate the Cannabis issue .You have demonstrated much hostility on this issue .
    [Editor’s note: Grow some or go away…really. If you’re intimidated by women reformers getting props, you’re useless against prohibitionists from the government and corporate America.
    Thanks again for demonstrating the clear need for the NORML Women’s Alliance.]

  33. wow thats alot of ranting just for women in cannabis reform,and theres a typo in the bio of the Dr. Julie,”successful women using who use cannabis instead of alcohol” and congrats ladies 😉

  34. Dear NORML,
    Please sic one of these women on Meg Whitman. The last thing California needs is another lying billionaire Neo-Con running it.
    Get to da choppa NORML!!!

  35. Even though I think the comments are immature and counter-productive, I do not feel that they are overtly sexist or the least bit chauvinist.
    They are using the same logic on why reverse racism like affirmative action. I believe the logic applies there because A) I don’t think there is a quantifiable difference between the races and B) affirmative action is unfair to the majority.
    Recognizing women, and we sure are different than men, does not effect men in any way. And while I think it is inappropriate to categorize us by race, there are clear distinctions between men and women.
    So while their arguments are immature and bunk, I think the NORML editors are also doing themselves a disservice by acting as if these comments are the most sexist, chauvinist things they have ever seen, especially when there are REAL sickos out there who will do anything to bring women down. While I disagree with their logic, I do appreciate their reasoning that we are all equal. You both need to shut up.
    Enough said.
    Go girls!!!
    [Editor’s note: You’re being too charitable as you’re not seeing the wild-eyed and viciously nasty comments which are being deleted for violating NORML’s posting rules.]

  36. I understand how some people think it’s segregational to exclusively welcome a certain group… but as they’ve said..
    They (women activists), as far as cannabis reform, aren’t as loud as they could be…
    Reason? Women rip each other apart over stupid small shit. And being a “drug reformer” is definitely something that they would hold against someone.. HOWEVER, that is a problem within their own group and there’s other issues there. Men have easier social lives and less to worry about as far as self-esteem and what your friends think about you. Guys CAN be more easy-going.
    I think it’s great that one of the more quiet groups for cannabis is being recognized, because they are a large group of cannabis consumers but incidentally not fully recognized.
    I would say a lot of people think of female drug-users instantly as addicts, because there was a virtually non-existant voice for the responsible average female user group.
    It’s great that we have support from another large portion of the user base.
    This isn’t a sex issue dudes. It’s more artillery for our cause.
    Women just aren’t as open to others about drug use as guys are, which is what this basically comes down to.

    We really need to get more of our varying skin colored friends into reformation as well though.

  37. Hehe, also #24.
    I don’t even have to take each single argument and deconstruct it.
    You did it for us with this single sentence:
    “If CA or any other state makes it legal for people to use drugs in public or in their homes in front of their kids or anyone else’s kids, and you do NOT send in the national guard and shut it the fuck down, I will blow the fucking head off the first addict I see smoking drugs outside in broad fucking daylight.”

  38. How quick we are to judge who is a sexist editor. Basically, if you don’t like the article then don’t say anything or you will be labeled a sexist by this editor, who is a newbie. I happen to think that women are an intricate part to this movement and their value is undeniable. I don’t need to be told this by NORML.

  39. The fact that Cannabis reform isn’t a sex issue has been my point all along. I don’t think comments regarding such are immature, as I personally am most concerned about the overall effort from both men and women alike on an issue that effects each gender equally. I honestly don’t see how having a Women’s Alliance is any more effective than having these same women fighting for the same cause, only as 1 NORML.
    Again, indeed, thank you to the women who have advanced ANY positive cause — Cannabis related or not. This isn’t a “Rant,” and my wife definitely does not agree with the editor’s viewpoint of me being a sexist.
    To be honest, I don’t appreciate name-calling, editor. It’s inaccurate, and can even possibly be illegal in the right setting. It also severely hurts your character, so you should rethink your comments before blindly hitting the submit button.
    And, just a plain thank you to every ‘human being’ involved in advancing the reform movement — there, I haven’t singled, nor left, anyone out.
    [Editor’s note: Calling out a sexist rant as being sexist may possibly be illegal? Sexism protected by the law? Give me a break and get a clue.]

  40. They’re comments are asinine, but why are you entertaining them with your own editor comments? I understand that you have to moderate comments on here, but I really think you should have a system where you instantly post and readers can flag comments for moderation. This back and forth reads like high school drama. You are professionals; we could really use your resources and talent in ways other than entertaining this nonsense, don’t you think?
    [Editor’s note: There is nothing entertaining about confronting sexism.]

  41. #24 she must be on booze and pills or she just got out of the psych ward or somethin she needs a hit of some good’ol cannabis

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