Everyday NORML Chapters from around the country invest countless hours in advocating for meaningful marijuana law reforms on the local, state and federal level! Below is a brief rundown of some of their most recent accomplishments.
NORML Chapters Organized and Energized for State Legislative Sessions in 2019
“That’s why dozens of NORML chapters are organizing citizen lobby days to advocate for the end of marijuana prohibition and other reforms ranging from depenalization and expungement, to workplace drug testing and social consumption.”
Read more from NORML.org!
Chicago NORML Continues Push for Diversity in Cannabis Industry
“Donte Townsend, the co-founder and media director of the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, agreed with Kenyatta and added that his organization would support establishing a Cannabis Equity Commission to figure out how to best use the marijuana tax revenues in minority communities. ”
Read more from the Wednesday Journal!
Members of Rochester NORML Debate Marijuana Legalization with Law Enforcement
“We sit down with members of Roc NORML, a group that supports the decriminalization of cannabis; and members of local law enforcement, who who say legalizing marijuana would negatively impact traffic safety and impose additional costs to police departments.”
Listen to the full debate from WXXI News!
NORML Leaders in the Media
Alan Robinson, Communications Director, Madison NORML
“It does have incredible medical properties we haven’t been able to study because the federal government won’t allocate more funding for research.”
Read more from The Eagle!
Ashley Weber, Executive Director, Colorado NORML
“Oral fluids and metabolites are not accurate. We can’t move forward with science that is not accurate and force people to have to pay for attorneys.”
Read more from the Westword!
Dale Gieringer, Executive Director, California NORML
“Ultimately, the only thing that will stop large-scale profiteers and the environmental and public safety harms they cause is marijuana legalization at the federal level.”
Read more from City Watch LA!
“Although an overdose of pot edibles can indeed cause unconsciousness, cannabis has never been known to cause a fatal overdose — unlike tobacco, alcohol, and many other common household products that are not sold in childproof packages.”
Read more from The Sacramento Bee!
“Frankly we’ve seen very little at all about illegal activity in the way of growing in the wilderness the way we used to. Cartel involvement is a bugaboo they like to throw around.”
Read more from WXXV 25!
Dan Linn, Executive Director, Illinois NORML
“If you continue to have a limited number of (growers’) licenses, it’ll be more expensive, and you’ll get more people continuing to buy on the black market.”
Read more from the Herald-Whig!
“We think that this could save people’s lives, and we’re not exaggerating.”
Read more from The State Journal-Register!
“God put it on this planet for a reason. I don’t know why the bishops are concerned about undermining God’s credibility.”
Read more from the Chicago Tribune!
“We also think it would be good for consumers to be able to cultivate their own cannabis, as well as to have a cap on the licensing fees for the new businesses that would be created by that legislation.”
“Read more from the Chicago Sun-Times!
“We feel that patients and adults should be able to grow cannabis if they would like to.”
“Read more from the Illinois News Network!
Edie Moore, Executive Director, Chicago NORML
“We are proposing that there be expanded types of licensed businesses. Smaller grow facilities and consumption lounges. We support those types of businesses in neighborhoods that are starving for revitalization.”
Read more from Rollingout!
Michael Minardi, General Counsel, NORML of Florida
“They’re going to either get it from the black market, as they already are, because they know it’s what works for them. Every other state in this country is laughing at us, saying that we gave our patients tinctures, and we have wax and shatter on the shelves, and not flower.”
Read more from the Herald-Tribune!
Mikel Weisser, Executive Director, Arizona NORML
“They’re aware that the future of the nation and Arizona are heading toward marijuana legalization,” Weisser said. “You can fight against it, but if you lose the battle you lose the ability to shape the future.”
Read more from Weedmaps!
Ellen Komp, Deputy Director, California NORML
“We’re happy California’s Senator Harris has evolved on the marijuana legalization issue and hope to dialog with her and her staff as her campaign moves forward.”
Read more from City Watch LA!
Jay Selthofner, Treasurer, Northern Wisconsin NORML
“Although I’m excited to hear Governor Evers talk about these things, I would’ve been more excited to see at least one Republican standing amongst their colleagues at an important crossroads like this for our state.”
Read more from Fox 11!
Jenn Michelle Pedini, Executive Director, Virginia NORML
“Right now, Virginia has not set any laws specific to CBD other than the ones for the medical cannabis program,”
Read more from NBC 29!
“These common-sense clarifications to the regulations will make for a smoother system, and better outcomes for patients, providers, and the community at large.”
Read more from Weed News!
Matthew Abel, Executive Director, Michigan NORML
“I think the attorney general decided they were the bit players and not the main culprits — and not worth them spending their time on negligible cases.”
Read more from MLive!
Michael Bachara, Board Member, Oregon NORML
“Consumption of cannabis in public is illegal, yet tourists and patients and adults that rent rather than own their homes have the right to purchase and possess cannabis but no space they can legally consume.”
Read more from KVAL 13!
Rick Thompson, Board Member, Michigan NORML
“This will just put some additional weight on the scales of justice, and I fully anticipate this measure to succeed. I’m confident in our new attorney general.”
Read more from the Lansing City Pulse!
“The state is collecting millions more than they expend every year. The fees should only be designed to recoup their costs.”
Read more from the Detroit Free Press!
Roger Green, Executive Director, Hudson Valley NORML
“Kudos to state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for courageously supporting cannabis legalization in New York. It is always refreshing when a political leader takes a principled stand.”
Read more from the Daily Freeman!
For more than 45 years NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions on the local and state level. Have you connected with your local NORML chapter? If there isn’t one in your community, please email NORML Outreach Director Kevin Mahmalji at KevinM@NORML.org for help with starting your own!
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