Ending Marijuana Prohibition Starts With You

NORML provides a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of American adults who smoke marijuana responsibly.

As the cannabis consumers lobby, we lobby state and federal legislators to pass marijuana friendly bills, support and help qualify voter initiatives for the ballot, coordinate educational campaigns — such as the NORML Daily Podcast, NORML TV, and our op/ed writing campaign — to move public opinion forward, and provide legal advice and assistance to the victims of prohibition.

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The past few years have been some of the most productive in NORML’s history.

Since 2010 New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Delaware have joined the ranks of locales offering medical marijuana protections to patients, five state legislatures have considered measures to tax and regulate cannabis for adult non-medical consumers, and Connecticut and California have decriminalized personal possession.

In just the last month NORML, along with a bi-partisan coalition and other reform groups, convinced Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) to introduce HR 2306: the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011 in the US House of Representatives.

NORML has been leading direct action efforts nationwide to generate thousands of emails and letters to elected officials in support of this proposal. With committee chairmen Rep. Lamar Smith and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) stonewalling consideration of the measure at the committee level, we orchestrated call-in campaigns, and a petition signing initiative that gave thousands of cannabis consumers across the country a platform to voice their frustrations with prohibition.  In the coming months NORML intends to keep the pressure on our federal elected officials and relentlessly advocate for HR 2306.

The 2012 election cycle is also shaping up to be one to watch for cannabis reform advocates.  States such as Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, and Massachusetts are all considering legalization ballot initiatives and NORML will be playing a key role in these efforts.

As always, NORML is working to represent your voice in the national debate for marijuana legalization. Countless news updates are delivered daily through NORML’s online outlets such as the NORML blog, Facebook, twitter, and youtube.  NORML’s website is the hub for all things related to marijuana laws, policies and activism.

All of this is made possible because hard working Americans have made small contributions to NORML. NORML does not have a billionaire backer.  The organization is entirely reliant on grassroots support to stay up, running and fighting for marijuana law reform. If you appreciate the work we do, please consider visiting www.norml.org and making a donation to our organization.

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