Last week, NORML leaders and activists from across North America headed to our nation’s capital for the annual NORML Conference and Congressional Lobby Day. All we can say is, “WOW!” We are simply blown away by the passion, leadership, and knowledge attendees and speakers brought to DC.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th – NORML Leadership Summit
We kicked things off on Sunday with the Leadership Summit, where attendees earned their NORML Leadership Certifications. After a full day of learning, we headed to the welcome reception to celebrate with old friends and new, and to honor those outstanding contributions to advancing marijuana law reform. Virginia NORML took home Chapter of the Year, Madisen Saglibene and Mary Kruger received Activist of the Year, and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby earned Vanguard Awards. What a night!
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th – NORML Conference
Monday morning we dove back into another full day of expert speakers and panel discussions. Dr. John Hudak of the Brookings Institution shared key insights on federal policy and the implications of the 2018 Farm Bill. Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine stopped by and delighted the audience with an impromptu performance and to give the Michael J. Kennedy Social Justice Award to recipient Bernadine Dohrn. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden delivered a powerful keynote, energizing the crowd for Lobby Day.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th – NORML Lobby Day
Tuesday morning, after hearing remarks from U.S. Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Tulsi Gabbard, dozens of NORML members flooded Capitol Hill attending over 170 meetings to advocate for the end of federal marijuana prohibition. Their message was clear: Americans do not support this failed policy and Congress must act now.
These tireless advocates were there fighting for your rights, not the industry or special interests. Because of NORML’s strong grassroots support, we were able to send more people than ever to Capitol Hill this year. And, we won’t stop until marijuana is legal across this great nation.
It is only thanks to all of your support that we are able to continue to put on events like this and advocate for legalization at the state level and for ending federal prohibition here in DC.
Together, we’ll keep pushing, we’ll keep winning, and we’ll legalize America.