NORML

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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws or NORML (pronounced "normal") is a US-based non-profit corporation whose aim is, according to their most recent mission statement, to "move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty." According to their website, NORML "supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts," and "supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana."

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History

NORML was founded in 1970, and in its early years the organization played a central role in the marijuana decriminalization movement.

NORML Foundation

The NORML Foundation, the organization's tax-exempt unit, conducts educational and research activities. For instance, in October 1998, NORML's Paul Armentano and Jon Gettman published a NORML Report on U.S. Domestic Marijuana Production that was widely cited in the mainstream media. The report methodically estimated the value and number of marijuana plants grown in 1997, finding that DEA, state and local law enforcement agencies seized 32% of domestic marijuana plants planted that year. According to the report, "Marijuana remains the fourth largest cash crop in America despite law enforcement spending an estimated $10 billion annually to pursue efforts to outlaw the plant"[1].

NORML has local chapters and affiliated organizations in most US states, and also in Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic , Hungary, Israel, Norway and Jamaica.

NORML Executive Director

NORML Board of Directors

  • Stephen W. Dillon, Esq. (Chair)
  • Dale Gieringer, Ph.D. (Vice Chair)
  • Valerie Corral
  • Rick Doblin, Ph.D.
  • Ann Druyan
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Dominic Holden
  • Norman Elliott Kent, Esq.
  • Paul Kuhn

NORML Advisory Board

Hunter S. Thompson was also a member of the Board until his death.

Past NORML executive directors

News

The UCSB Chapter of NORML held a joint rolling contest in Anisq’ Oyo’ park on Saturday April 21, 2007.

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