Cannabis, circles, cycles, caring and sharing

There is something inherently communal about cannabis. When used in groups, unlike with alcohol and tobacco products, cannabis is shared among willing participants (and where hogging something to oneself is frowned about: “Don’t Bogart that joint!“).

A smoke circle–not a square, triangle or pentagon, comes to mind.

With nearly forty one years of cannabis consumer advocacy in NORML’s rearview mirror, and fast approaching a momentous presidential election cycle–which will most likely include up to four state initiatives to either medicalize or legalize cannabis–NORML’s large grassroots network again will be relied upon to rally supporters from coast to coast to continue to advance these long overdue cannabis law reforms forward.

With Gallup polling now indicating the long awaited the fifty percent mark in public support for full cannabis legalization having been crossed, the long-sought public effort to end Cannabis Prohibition is more politically viable than at any previous time, in any of our lifetimes.

With no major endowment, billionaire supporters or sufficiently large enough membership base (NORML is not the NRA, AARP or Girl Scouts) to provide the necessary funding to run nationwide ad campaigns, commit a legion of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and the state capitals or lard incumbent political campaigns with loads of cash contributions, NORML’s central base of support is from folks like you, your like-minded friends and family.

From folks–like me–who responsibly use and enjoy cannabis for whatever reason, and hardly see ourselves as criminals. From folks who both care about cannabis law reform as well as share some of their resources to make these important public policy changes happen as soon as possible.

This is the essence of NORML.

Recognizing this, a documentary producer and director independent of NORML have recently released a DVD entitled “It’s a NORML life“, which was filmed over nearly three years to produce a compelling and inspired view of both the political momentum of cannabis law reform these days, but also the can-not-be-denied spirit ever-present among cannabis law reformers.

Please make an end of the year donation to NORML or the NORML Foundation (where donations are fully tax deductible) for at least $20 and we’ll send you a copy of It’s a NORML life. Make a generous donation of $100 or more and we’ll include a 100% hemp backpack from Rick Steves and NORML!

Gather some friends around, maybe in a circle, and inspired on a few levels (if you know what I mean), enjoy the DVD as a great motivational vehicle for 2012, a year like the previous forty one, which will be the busiest one ever for ending Cannabis Prohibition.

Thanks again for both caring and sharing!

Cannabem liberemus,

Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director
Washington, D.C.

28 thoughts

  1. I sure like to invest in a heavy duty round table with matching chairs so that friends and neighbors can share their imaginations, laughter, plans, and ideas including card games while being high while listening to music.
    Please Vote in the presidential primaries.

  2. As a former candidate for state office, it really bothers me about all the people that will sit around and bitch and moan about the marijuana laws but will not donate $20 or $30 to a campaign or to an organization like NORML. In the meantime, these same people have no trouble spending a hundred dollars every week on a bag of weed, at the liquor store, or going out to dinner.

  3. Saying we should “ban” harmful things, like drugs, is coward peoples’ way of saying they can’t handle themselves.

  4. The world is so black and white about what we can and can’t do when there’s so many more colors (i.e. “cannabis”). Upgrade folks, let’s get pass this stupid drug possession criminalization.

  5. One of my buddies recently died of cancer, Cannabis was part of his treatment program. It helped him keep his appetite up. I have a relative who is fighting cancer who was in law enforcement his entire life. He use to weigh 180 lbs now 120 lbs and refuses to consider cannabis as a medecine . He lives 1 and 1/2 hrs from a miracle worker and will not go there either, I will never understand that for some people death is a better choice than admitting that you were wrong. I morn for him and my Family.

  6. Notice how Obama now comes out for online gambling but he’s still ripping us a new one on the medpot front? Unless he changes his tune, register as a Republican and vote for the ONE candidate who will get the Feds off our necks…Ron Paul.
    It’s time to LEGALIZE ADULTHOOD!!!

  7. What are the four state initiatives that are likely to be on the ballot? Also, what is the current status of the Massachusetts ballot initiative? I read that they just barely surpassed the minimum required number of signatures, so I figured there was a good chance they didn’t get enough valid ones, but I haven’t actually read any updates since. I thought there used to be a NORML page that outlined all the pending legislation in each state, although I no longer see a link to that. Is anything like that still around?
    [Paul Armentano responds: The state legislative update page is: Several state ballot questions may be in play in 2012. Petitioners in Washington and in Colorado will be turning signatures in to the Sec. of State’s office imminently. In other states, the gathering phase has just begun. A summary of 2012 statewide ballot initiative efforts is here:

  8. Yeah Brandon it seems that if we want to finally get passed this, we’re going to need to get someone like Ron Paul into office.
    Payk has a plan to end the war on drugs. He also will pardon all non-violent drug offenders.

  9. I’ve heard the song. (It’s on my ipod). But I’ve never acutally heard anyone say “Don’t Bogart The Joint”. But maybe that’s just me.
    [Editor’s note: The Little Feat song comes from the 1960/1970’s expression regarding folks who don’t pass around the joint and puff on it like they’re Humphrey Bogart tugging on a cigarette….]

  10. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Ever here of this? Cannabis Prohibition is a CRIME AGAINST, We the People of the United States of America OUR PLANET.

  11. We the People of the United States of America, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Ever here of this? Cannabis Prohibition is a CRIME AGAINST Humanity, We the People of the United States of America and OUR Fellow PLANETAIREINS.

  12. Here is a thought for my cousin and best friend Gary Morley from Kentucky who passed away in Novmber 2009. Gary was a real pal to me when I needed one the most. He passed away from a heart attack sitting at the kitchen table just like I remember him so many times before. Thanks Gary I am so sorry that you did not live to see our dream of legalization come true.

  13. Life Force quotes: “establish justice,
    ‘Insure domestic Tranquility”Fed-Up says: Oh my god,is not the word “Tranquility’ the complete opposite of the word -“Terror”? What the fuck happened to our country in the last 3 decades? Have we been hypnotised by a movie or a media distribution corp? Here, look at my right hand, no,you didnt watch my ((((left….Caught ya…hahaha

  14. Yes, there is a natural communal aspect to cannabis use, but I also enjoy smoking alone. It provides an inner atmosphere that encourages creative work and recognition of the uniqueness of what was previously ordinary. Cannabis provides a quality of relaxation that engages, rather than numbs, the senses. When I haven’t had any for a long time and have that first puff or two, I very quickly realize how uptight I’d been while thinking I wasn’t.

  15. I write this in remembrance of my friend Jose Gaytan who just passed from cancer. I was his caretaker for a time this year. During that time while going through chemo and dialysis, he used cannabis to keep his appetite. I give credit to the “pot dealer” who cut his price in half to help a cancer patient in need.

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