Jun 062015
 June 6, 2015

norml scholarships drug policy reform conferenceBy Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

When my answer to the questions, “So what do you want to do?” changed from “I don’t know” to “I want to advocate for marijuana law reform” I got surprised faces, sometimes gasps, many smiles and A LOT of what I like to call, hushed support. Hushed support is the kind of support where someone congratulates you and tells you how much they agree with you, but also lowers their voice in hopes that no one else was paying attention. As a born and raised Floridian, I understood the hesitancy to speak at a regular volume when talking about the need for cannabis law reform. What I didn’t understand, however, was how one could be content hiding how they really felt. How much support does ‘hushed support’ really offer? It was these reactions that solidified my desire to advocate for marijuana policy reform for a living.

As NORML’s newly appointed Political Director I couldn’t be more excited to join a team of groundbreakers and thought leaders. I feel honored to continue the legacy NORML has in place and a necessity to serve it well. I am eager to have the chance to represent NORML in the political sphere and to provide an even louder voice to the tens of millions of cannabis consumers from around the country.

While I have found a more permanent role in the marijuana policy debate, I challenge you to find yours. I challenge you to no longer offer ‘hushed support’ and instead proudly take action and responsibility to help reform the laws in your state. (If you aren’t sure what they look like, check it out here!)

I’m excited to open this new door and advocate for something I truly believe in: legalizing the responsible use of cannabis by adults around the country. So I invite you to join me as I embark on this new journey with NORML and hopefully I can encourage you to help me along the way and bring a voice to your own communities.

With enthusiasm and gratitude, I thank you for welcoming me into the NORML family.

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  6 Responses to “NORML Announces New Political Director”

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    NORML is for reforming “marijuana laws” alright, so a few corporate elite get the profits, keeping this non-toxic healthful plant that is cannabis away from we-the-people freely benefiting from it.

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    NORML deserves their props for being the vanguard in cannabis law reform.

    But now days other groups have become much more effective in terms of delivering positive results.

    I’m not certain where NORML fits anymore? Or if potential donations to them couldn’t be better utilized by someone else?

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    The problem(s) with NORML:
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    Censorship – (I’m not talking about deleting vulgar language or threats or things of that nature – that’s fine by me) I’m talking about when someone disagrees with them (and points out why) in a logical manner which they can’t refute, they simply delete your comment and banish you from commenting ever again. That’s called cowardice, censorship, an a lack of integrity.
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    Lack of commitment towards fledgling chapters – Some friends and I started a chapter in about 1980. We had to jump through a LOT of hoops including finding a sponsor (A professor at our Univ. stepped up – yay) among other things.
    . Even though we asked for help from NORML in how to go about all this we got ZERO help. ZERO. They were more that happy to take our donations though.
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    I would suggest that if you wanted to support an organization that actually wants to make things better for cannabis users (whether you happen to be med or rec), look elsewhere.

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    NORML has been for more than 40 years, and remains the nation’s most recognized and respected organization dedicated to the
    repeal of marijuana prohibition. All the other groups have grown out of NORML. All the leaders and founders of those groups were
    first active in NORML. NORML remains the most effective advocate for the rights of marijuana consumers.

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