NORML PAC Endorses Neda Bolourian for Montgomery County Council

NORML PAC has endorsed Neda Bolourian in her campaign to represent District 2 on the Montgomery County Council in Maryland.

“NORML PAC believes that Neda will bring a fresh perspective and new leadership to the Montgomery County Council,” stated NORML PAC Manager Erik Altieri, “Her strong support for legalizing marijuana and reforming Maryland’s marijuana laws makes her a great champion for the cause. Her smart approach to these issues will help Montgomery County more effectively allocate its criminal justice and law enforcement resources away from arresting marijuana consumers and focus them more on violent crime.”

“Prohibition didn’t work in the early 20th century and it’s clear it isn’t working now. The only path forward is to promote realistic drug policies,” Neda Bolourian said, “We need full legalization and nothing less. I’m thrilled to bring the movement for drug reform to Montgomery County.”

You can read Neda’s public statement in favor of marijuana legalization on her campaign Facebook page here. To learn more about the campaign, check out their website, Facebook, and Twitter. The Democratic Primary for Maryland is scheduled for June 24th, you can consult this map of Montgomery County’s District 2 and see if Neda will be appearing on your ballot.

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  1. Hello everybody
    This is great news! I live in Maryland, and the state laws are finally changing. Montgomery county is one of the richest counties in Maryland,with the median income around $93,999. Montgomery county is very close to Washington DC.There are a lot of people in Montgomery who work for the federal government. Also,we have an in ordinate amount of lawyers living in Maryland, as well as politicians. Maryland Legislators decriminalized marijuana during this years session. Next years session we will gain our freedom for everyone to smoke.We all know why. When other states saw that Colorado brought in $3.5 million for taxes and fees for their first month in business. That is why we will soon be free to smoke marijuana.They have no clue as to what I see coming.Business’s, with jobs for people.That will increase the amount of taxes from employees income tax, as well.There is going to be a Marijuana and Hemp Boom. So get your ducks in a row and get ready for it.

  2. @grandma3d-This is indeed great news. Yes, hemp and cannabis WILL be the next generations money making crop. Everyone needs to start looking into ways to profit from this industry now.

    Politicians like Adam Ebbin and Neda Bolourian have seen the wake of destruction that marijuana prohibition has caused. It is a racially charged set of laws that are designed to lock up people of color, and it still works, unfortunately all to well.

    Tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol. Allow hemp farming. Go to the Popular Mechanics issue from 1938 and pick any product that can be made from hemp and research it (follow link).

    This is not a new product, it is an old time tested product getting a second well deserved chance to live again.

    Jobs, jobs, jobs, medicine, food, building materials, and the list goes on and on.

  3. I can’t wait to develop hempcrete and hemp rope without worry that my families property will be violently stolen by black jacket booted stormtroopers claiming to work for our nation’s best interests.

  4. “Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.” – Harry Anslinger

    “That’s because of all the blacks in this building, they smell, they’re not clean. … And it’s because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day.” – Donald Sterling

    One man was banned from the NBA for life and one was promoted to the head of the DEA. As I said any politician who favors marijuana prohibition is on the wrong side of this issue.

    Legalize, tax and regulate. Marijuana is a commodity that we need that will pull people out of poverty. No more prison time, more money for schools and education, health care, better use of law enforcement.

  5. @Mark l – Hempcrete, hemp rope, bio-fuel, alcohol (even beer), shoe laces, hand bags, pants, shirts, socks, shoes, purses, bed sheets, biodegradable packing material, paper, business cards, stationary, toilet paper, oh my God so much more. That didn’t even include the food or medicines this plant. Also any product that can be produced from petroleum can also be produced by hemp.

    Did you know that paper used to be made from discarded hemp sail cloth (canvas), worn out hemp rope, and cleaning rags? Hence the term “daily rag” we use from newspapers made from recycled hemp rags.

    Hempstead, NY or Hempfield, PA – what product do we think these locations were named after?

    It’s hard to play dumb as a politician when the internet has all this information at our fingertips. We need to stop treating people who use marihuana in all it’s forms as criminals and start treating them as consumers.

    We need to reduce our dependence on foreign imports and focus on domestic hemp production. If the day ever comes that we need to defend our great nation, a hemp industry already in place and running will make a huge difference on that outcome.

    New York is researching hemp farming right now. I can save them the trouble and recommend they just read the LaGuardia Report or Schaffer Commission, both are legitimate and both do not recommend marijuana prohibition.

    As Chris would say
    “Thanks for reading”.

  6. @bobwv has good point: “cannabis the trillion dollar crop.” But it shows where the problem is: ANOTHER TRILLION DOLLAR CROP, TOBACCO. Someone is making that much money off tobacco and doesn’t want to see their bonanza go away as cannabis teaches 1.2 billion “smokers” the virtues of vaporization and the high-profit “$igarette’ format DISAPPEARS FROM USE replaced by low-profit vaporizers and flexible-drawtube one-hitters hand-made from $1.29 worth of parts.

    As @grandma3d said, “get ready for it.”

  7. Over-optimistic of grandma3d, but as a resident of Md., I just don’t see any incentive for the legislature to proceed with legalization. Hell, we almost got nothing at all with this session. It’s still unlawful to have ANY cannabis, just that less than 10 grams will cost you $100, loss of your cannabis, and no criminal record (1st offense only). This doesn’t change much of the status-quo, just that the state doesn’t have to prosecute the little users anymore, but can collect easy money if they get caught. The medical use shows a somewhat better chance of success by the setting up of the issuance of grower licenses and a distribution system. But full-blown legalization is a tough sell in this area right now, especially with too many adamant prohibitionists lurking nearby. We’ll all have to wait on D.C. and see how they fair on a higher level of decriminalization with the Feds. If anyone thinks the state needs money, just remember they took money from the lottery slated for schools (300 million!) and used it for general purposes and then proclaimed to need more casinos to help pay for education. Corrupt from the top on down.

  8. Thanks @Growyourown for mentioning casinos– what a crock, that the most anti-educational practice on earth (dress-up “adults-only” gaming ceremonies, win-lose zero-gain etc.) is promoted as paying for schools.

    Emphasize that, understandingly used, cannabis is the most educative force on the planet, enabling any individual any age to examine, experiment, evaluate and self-educate.

    Casinos are mine-fields of trick alcohol advertising to exploit suckers clueless enough to be attracted to a casino in the first place.

  9. Sugar is another thing that is worse for your body than Marijuana; and we give a lot of sugar to our children?

  10. @Growyourown
    You think I am overly optimistic, Well we are all entitled to our own opinion. However, you should look outside the box occasionally. It is good to see things from a different perspective sweetheart.
    I see people getting jobs from the Marijuana & Hemp Industries. Farmers growing the highest cash crop in the world. Our insatiable need to party will be catered by the local dept of tourism. I want to work in the Marijuana Tourism department. I will take people where the tourist can enjoy smoking pot together with locals and really celebrate our new found freedom. If you can’t see it start meditating on it. Don’t hate i, embrace it. No growyourown, I don’t think I am being overly optimistic, this is real you can’t stop it now. Don’t worry it is coming, you don’t have a clue. Hemp business manufactures building prolific hemp products. Open your eyes sweetheart, feel your presence and claim your constitutional rights for FREEDOM!!!

    @Paul, love your feed-back. You all have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Grandma3d….Since you’re the ONLY one with a clue(read your posts), my friends and I would like to know in what year we will see retail sales of cannabis in Md? Don’t be shy, lest you’re the one without a clue. We thought 10-15 years in 1979, obviously we were overly-optimistic. Pot tourism will be a moot point, in MY opinion, because there will be many, many states legalized ahead of us. So please, grandma3d, share your profound knowledge with us. Thanks, sweetheart.

  12. See if you can slowly ween man off of the tobacco plant being sold , and replace it with a clean plant called marijuana ,so that the leaves really do heal the nations and cure them from their backwards error and ignorance once and for all.

  13. @growyourown
    I apologize if I offended you, by saying you have no clue of what is coming. I do not want to offend anyone on this blog. How about we agree to disagree. As I said we are all entitled to our own opinion. You said I was overly optimistic. I do not agree with you, and frankly I don’t have time to dwell on the negative. I have to sometimes when I am working but that is to make people aware of what is going on. There are people in prison that shouldn’t be in prison. These people had their lives destroyed. Their families have lost someone important in their lives. I am trying to plant a seed of hope; because when We are finally aloud to legally smoke. I am going to fight to free my people in prison. Won’t you join me, and help me get these people out of jail.

    “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”
    ? Mahatma Gandhi

  14. @ growyourown

    I forgive you and anyone else for this, “NEGATIVE” attack on my person.

  15. @Andrew, please check out the work in progress at “12 Ways to Make Pipes from Everyday Objects” and, if you can, contribute ideas, better language, better pictures to the first two, “Socket Wrench One-Hitter” and “Hose Nipple One-Hitter”. The theory is: if we convert the entire “smoking” population (1.2 billion tobacco, 200 million cannabis??) away from H-ot B-urning O-verdose M-onoxide $igarette (“joint”) papers to 25-mg SINGLE TOKE UTENSILS and vaporizers, we can quickly (in less than a decade) eliminate the tobacco addiction (and 6 million deaths a year etc.).

    2nd theory: tobacco is the stay-awake drug for unproductive bureaucratic obedience slaves who get paid for guarding and watcdhing. Once we convert everyone to real WORK (creativity, imagination, expressing oneself by doing good things with your hands) cannabis will be preferred.

  16. Listen Sweetheart, I am a 61 year old grandma, and I am a very Strong Woman, I don’t take shit from anyone. I grew up in the projects and the mean streets of Baltimore City. If you want to be a hater, that is your problem! I know you are not angry with me! You are probably living in your parents basement, going to a community college only because your parents demanded you either get a job or go to school. You don’t know me, and you want to judge me and act like I did something disturbing to you, which merited your Rant. But you do not have a clue, at all. So Shut your mouth and Come on to Baltimore and walk in my shoes. Everything you say I am, You Are! you are projecting your Super negative image of yourself on me. Back off Sweetheart. I am not buying. Karma is going to bite you on your fat ass.

  17. Poor Grandma3d, no one is attacking you. You need to chill and see more clearly. If WE don’t get Heather Mizuer elected governor, we are probably looking at 4-8 years before any chance for outright legalization. We can’t even get a vote brought before the General Assembly because of a handful of Senators/Delegates in committees who won’t forward the legalization bills. Until the Feds remove cannabis from sch.1 or we put a vote before the people in a general election, we’ll have a tough time getting our freedom to choose whether or not to use an excellent plant with known positive medicinal qualities. I’m now on social security and personally sick and tired of waiting (since I was 19). I also think our government uses heavy-handed tactics (stiff fines, forfeitures, and long jail times) because of law enforcements’ over-zealousness to rule the populace. These tactics get people killed, not rehabilitated. I promote growing your own to cut-out the dealers who are sucking tax-free cash out of our communities. Decriminalization laws are governments way of delaying and side-stepping outright legalization. Drug use isn’t going away because of tv ads or arrests. They can’t put all of us in jail, not all at once. The drug mafias are in every state and support candidates who block legalization efforts. Our votes are extremely important in electing officials with rational views on correcting these travesties against their constituents. Thanks to everyone who votes! It’s our only way to force change.

  18. Heather Mizure for Governor of the State of Maryland…excellent choice!!!

    Neda Bolourian Congresswomen for the State of Maryland…excellent choice!!!

    FIGHT for what really counts, this is more important than ourselves…it’s for better health for All the people who are suffering from the lack of high quality natural medications at low cost to all, and the legalization of it for all.

    When we go to the polls take your State back from the ones who want to keep it in their pockets.
    VOTE—>these two Women in 2014 Primary’s


  19. We need to here from these two women! I would like to hear their sides of what they intend to do for the ones locked up in prison also…and making laws to stop us from the use of paraphernalia wherever we need to use them, so we can light up, and where? Its the little things that we are looking out for, that we need to look at, so we don’t get caught up in their (UNDUE laws) making it hard for all of us to use with out bulling types of restrictions!!!

  20. @growyourown
    LEAVE ME ALONE! About your comment, you are so Stupid. Legalization is in the works. Again, YOU HAVE NO CLUE! I don’t have time for you, or your Negative foolishness. If I am on a blog you are on don’t address me or try to make a comment on my posts. I am done with you!

  21. If we get recreational cannabis signed by the governor of Md. within 3 years of this post, I’ll buy grandma3d an ounce of her favorite strain of cannabis.

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