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 October 3, 2015

norml scholarships drug policy reform conferenceBy Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

State and Local

Excitement filled the air at this year’s Boston Freedom Rally as Massachusetts voters consider two initiatives aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and Bay State Repeal are both working to collect the signatures needed to qualify for next November’s ballot.

Bay State Repeal, a measure backed by MassCann NORML was a big hit at the Freedom Rally

California NORML’s partnership with ReformCA will guarantee responsible marijuana consumers an opportunity to have their voices heard as stakeholders continue to weigh in on the various initiatives currently being proposed.

California NORML partners in ReformCA 2016 initiative effort

With legalization on this November’s ballot, Ohioans will have a chance to not just end the arrest of thousands of marijuana consumers, they’ll be able to bring relief to people seeking the medicinal benefits of marijuana to treat their ailments.

Eleanor Ahrens, president and founding member of Southeast Ohio NORML awaits relief

Since July, Florida NORML has seen a lot of success with marijuana decriminalization efforts. From Miami-Dade County, to municipalities such as Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, local governments have embraced this current trend. Several other cities are looking to take action in the months ahead.

Florida NORML pushes local reforms ahead of 2016 legalization efforts

Dan Viets, executive director of Missouri NORML and member of NORML’s National Board of Directors, fought hard to bring justice to Jeff Mizanskey and his family. Mr. Mizanskey is scheduled to speak at Springfield NORML’s next meeting on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Click here for more details!

Missouri man freed after 21 years in prison for marijuana

Activists with Northwest Ohio NORML earned the support of each of Toledo’s 24 wards to pass an ordinance aimed at eliminating penalties for possessing up to 200 grams of marijuana. Lawmakers are currently meeting to discuss the implementation of the new law.

Northwest Ohio NORML spearheaded a successful effort to weaken local pot laws

Federal

Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, took a minute to share his thoughts on the peculiar progression of America’s marijuana laws. From the early acceptance of medical marijuana in the west and the legalization of recreational marijuana in four states, to a pending ballot initiative in Ohio, it’s obvious American’s are ready to end the the government’s senseless war against marijuana consumers.

Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML, reflects on America’s evolving marijuana laws

In a recent interview, Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML, commended the State of Oregon for their rollout of their new recreational marijuana program. He attributes the success to state regulators paying close attention to the implementation of similar laws in other states.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of NORML discusses Oregon’s rollout of legal marijuana  

New Chapter Spotlight

Denver NORML recently held their first public meeting to discuss the need for consumer advocacy in a post-legalization environment. Close to twenty-five marijuana consumers packed the room to show their support and share a few concerns about pesticides, social use and high taxes.

Denver NORML is off to a great start

Events

DFW NORML marijuana march, October 17, Dallas
Virginia NORML fall conference, October 17, Richmond
NORML of Waco Halloween party, October 30, Waco
Missouri NORML fall conference, November 7, St. Louis

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  One Response to “NORML Chapters Lead Reform Efforts On The Local Level”

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    Kudos to NORML, but its not enough —

    THIS YEAR 1.6 MILLION AMERICANS WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, AND HALF OF THEM WILL EVENTUALLY DIE OF IT.

    Every American with Cancer deserves the right to have safe, legal, access to Medical Marijuana.

    Every. Single. One.

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