Did you see John Oliver last night?

Did you catch it? On Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver skewered our nation’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition addressing topics ranging from a potential crackdown from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the newly formed Cannabis Caucus, and the desperate need for federal marijuana law reform.

“There is now a Cannabis Caucus in DC… and if even an 83 year old Republican from Alaska has come around on this issue, then it is probably time for our laws to catch up” Oliver said

Since it’s launch in February, members of the Cannabis Caucus have lead the way in the fight for sensible marijuana policy by introducing a number of bills that would end federal prohibition and support states efforts to set up regulated markets for medical and responsible adult-use.

Click here to tell your member of Congress to join the Cannabis Caucus and push for sensible marijuana policy.

Now, more than ever, it is time for Congress to take action. Jeff Sessions recently said “I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana. States, they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.” 

Well, Congress can change that. 

Email your member of Congress to join the Cannabis Caucus

Thanks in advance for taking the time to send your Representative a message. The only way that Congress will listen is if we speak up loudly and clearly.

Together, we WILL legalize marijuana

Thanks for all you do,

The NORML Team

New York Times OpDoc: A True Satire Of The War on Some Drugs

While there is nothing genuinely funny about a seventy-five year prohibition on cannabis that has arrested over 25 million cannabis consumers, making fun of the failed policy never goes out of style, especially when done right, with aplomb, which the NORML staff occasionally highlights on an otherwise serious-minded public policy blog.

While over a week-old it would seem a crime itself not to share this New York Times so-called OpDoc (where videos rather than guest columns are submitted). The Gregory Brothers, a quartet of video artists from Brooklyn, absolutely skew the disparity between American society’s hypocritical legal vs illegal drug paradigm.

They accomplish this by very humorous employment of auto-tune and eye-rolling use of politicians’ own words about the now near universally acknowledged failed war on some drugs.

Check out former Congressman Ron Paul, New York governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey governor Chris Christie (with intentional help from Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes of ‘Jay and Silent Bob’ fame) sing in a way, about a subject matter, they surely didn’t intend t00 when they opened their mouths and spoke the truth about an unpopular public policy (which, ironically, is what elected policymakers are supposed to do in democracies).

You can watch the video here.


Celebrate the Dawn of Legalization With a Limited Edition NORML Shirt!

420shirtOn Election Day 2012, Colorado and Washington residents voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana. In the months that followed nearly two dozen states have introduced countless bills to reform marijuana laws locally, including an unprecendent ten measures that would legalize marijuana outright. In Washington, DC, more measures than any previous year have been introduced to roll back the federal prohibition on marijuana.

On April 20th, 2013 celebrate our recent victories and support the ongoing fight to bring these reforms nationwide by buying one of these limited edition NORML t-shirts, available exclusively during this year’s high holiday. Proceeds go to help NORML in our mission to legalize marijuana in the other 48 states!

Together, we WILL legalize marijuana.

Click here to pre-order your shirt today!

Buy Your Tickets for the NORML Mid-Atlantic Conference on March 16th

NORML is pleased to announce the first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Philadelphia, PA is just over a week away.


The conference will feature a day of enlightening panel discussions and speakers on topics ranging from new reform strategies, recent legislative efforts, the science of medical cannabis, and much more. Hear from some of the most experienced and insightful marijuana law reformers working the the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York area.

Pennsylvania State Senator, and sponsor of PA’s legalization bill, Daylin Leach will be giving a keynote address discussing his work on the issue, his recent legislation, and experience working for reform as a sitting politician. Don’t miss it!

(subject to change)

11:00 – 11:10
Conference Welcome – Kevin Clough, Executive Director (Philly NORML)

11:15 – 12:15
New Strategies for Reform
Moderator: Derek Rosenzweig (PhillyNORML)

Erik Williams, Executive Director (CTNORML & CampaignsWon)
Stacia Cosner, Associate Director (SSDP)
Diane Fornbacher, Vice-Chair (NORML Women’s Alliance), NORML Board of Directors


1:10 – 2:10
Medical Marijuana Moving Forward
Moderator: Mike Liszewski, Policy Director (Americans for Safe Access)

Mallory Loflin, Graduate Student (SUNY)
Jahan Marcu, PhD Candidate (Temple Medical School)
Ken Wolski, Executive Director (Coalition Medical Marijuana New Jersey)

2:10 – 3:00
KEYNOTE: Pennsylvania State Senator. Daylin Leach

3:00 – 3:10

3:15 – 4:15
Pot and Politics 2013
Moderator: Erik Altieri, Communications Director (National NORML)

Patrick Nightingale, Executive Director (PittsburghNORML)
Evan Nison, Executive Director (NJ NORML)
Gabriel Sayegh, State Director (DPA New York)

4:20 – 5:20
Cannabis, Canvas, and Culture
Moderator: Joe Forte, Secretary (PhillyNORML)

Rob Cantrell, Comedian
Marc Connuck, Activist (Pennsylvania Farmers For Industrial Hemp)
Rick Cusick, Associate Publisher (HighTimes) and NORML Board of Directors

Closing Remarks: Allen St. Pierre (National NORML)

Panel sessions will be held during the day in Claudia Cohen Hall at the University of Pennsylvania and the night will end with a private fundraiser featuring live entertainment from comedian Rob Cantrell and local musical act Cultureal. There will also be food, drink, a silent auction, and more at a private venue nearby. Ticket holders will receive fundraiser details prior to the event.

Reserve your tickets today, space is limited and going fast!

Hope to see you in the City of Brotherly Love next week.


NORML Women’s Alliance Celebrates 3 Year Anniversary

In January 2010, NORML launched what would become one of the most successful programs in the history of the organization.  The NORML Women’s Alliance also became the first nationwide female outreach program ever created in the marijuana and drug law reform movement.  This month, January 2013, marks the third anniversary of that program.  The following video is a compilation showing some of the highlights and achievements of the NORML Women’s Alliance throughout the last three years.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Please support our efforts by donating to this important cause.

Find us of Facebook: Facebook.com/NORMLWomen

Free Viewing Of Important Documentary: Breaking The Taboo

The producers of an important and well-received film documentary have contacted NORML asking for help to make as many free viewings of Breaking The Taboo as possible before the film goes into traditional theater distribution. Of the many documentaries in NORML’s forty two year-old archives, this SunDog Pictures produced film is a real stand out for it’s scope and breadth.

The film, narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, has received a terrific amount of publicity buzz regarding the subject matter (ending the war on some drugs…) as well for three of the key people interviewed in the documentary: former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and current president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.

All three men went on the record acknowledging the failures of the current policies and favor substantive reforms, notably Mr. Carter, who favors cannabis legalization.

This outstanding one hour documentary has already been viewed by nearly 470,000 concerned citizens from around the world.

Spanish-speaking version (narrated by Mexican actor/director Gael Garcia Bernal) is available here.

Tens of Thousands Join MassCANN/NORML on Boston Common for 23rd Annual Freedom Rally

This past weekend, tens of thousands of marijuana reform advocates joined MassCANN/NORML on the Boston Common for the 23rd Annual Boston Freedom Rally. This year’s event was a great success, featuring a mix of engaging speakers, entertaining musical acts, diverse vendors, and beautiful weather. Speakers included Jodie Emery, Rep. Barney Frank, Judge Jim Gray, and countless others. If you missed the event this year, be sure to stay tuned to masscann.org for information on next year’s rally as it becomes available. Check out NORML’s photo slideshow from the event below, in addition to several videos of the rally speakers. See you on the Common in 2013!

Click here to view NORML’s Flickr set.

Erik Altieri (NORML)

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Dr. Sunil Aggarwal

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Judge Jim Gray (Libertarian VP Nominee)

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Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

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More videos are available from MassCann’s livestream archive here.

(Photos by NORML’s Sabrina Fendrick, Barney Frank and Jim Gray video courtesy of MikeCann.net)

This Week in Weed: August 19th – 25th

This Week in Weed

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The latest installment of “This Week in Weed” is now streaming on NORMLtv.

This week: Colorado’s Amendment 64 would bring in big revenue for the state, Grand Rapids will be voting on marijuana decriminalization, and Arkansas’ medical marijuana initiative qualifies for the ballot.

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Be sure to tune in to NORMLtv every week to catch up on the latest marijuana news. Subscribe to NORMLtv or follow us on Twitter to be notified as soon as new content is added.

Online Cartoon Casts Critical Light On Obama’s Failed Medical Marijuana Policies

No matter the media medium, the tragic story of the federal government’s war against a beloved plant and the people who’re keen to it, can’t be told enough times, in enough ways.

Artist-journalist Susie Cagle’s take on the federal government’s latest crackdown against medical cannabis providers in California is found at CartoonMovement.com

This unique cartoon medium allows for audio embeds, some offensive language may be heard.

Warren Beatty & Annette Bening-World Entertainment Report Optician to The Stars

Beverly Hills Shaman Therapeutics Cannabis Club 90210 Cheryl Shuman World Entertainment Report Optician to The Stars– Behind the Scenes of some of cinematic’s most exciting films with eyewear and sunglasses designed and product placement coordinated by Cheryl Shuman, Licensed Optician, and founder of Starry Eyes and Shaman Therapeutics.

This Week in Weed: May 27th – June 2nd (and a new PSA)

This Week in Weed

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The latest installment of “This Week in Weed” is now streaming on NORMLtv.

This week: A new study shows cannabis use decreases mortality rate in patients with schizophrenia and related ailments and Rhode Island’s Governor signs a bill allowing for “Compassion Centers.”

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Also, check out this latest NORML PSA, featuring some great rhyming on the problems of prohibition, submitted to us from artist Will Brennan:

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Be sure to tune in to NORMLtv every week to catch up on the latest marijuana news. Subscribe to NORMLtv or follow us on Twitter to be notified as soon as new content is added.

Willie Nelson: “I Smoke Pot and it is None of the Government’s Business”

This Week in Weed

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NORML Advisory board member, and long time cannabis law reform advocate, Willie Nelson recently filmed a new PSA for NORML. Check it out below or on NORMLtv.

“Let’s get the government out of our private lives, once and for all, and stop arresting smokers. Let’s take a stand for personal freedom.” – Willie Nelson

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Be sure to tune in to NORMLtv every week to catch up on the latest marijuana news. Subscribe to NORMLtv or follow us on Twitter to be notified as soon as new content is added.

Official HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cookbook: Green Leafy Kale Salad with Brown Cannabutter Vinaigrette

Elise McDonough, author of the Official HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cookbook

Join us on today’s NORML SHOW LIVE for a live interview with author Elise McDonough. We’re previewing her brand new HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cookbook, which you can order by clicking here.  Listen live at 4:30pm for a chance to win a copy of the cookbook as part of our Twitter contest (follow @NORMLNet to be eligible).

We’re excited to be a part of HIGH TIMES “Blog Tour” promoting the cookbook.  Follow along all week for giveaways, interviews with the author, and all the recipes you need for your HIGH holiday feast:

Click to order the Official HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cookbook

Tuesday, April 10: Green Leafy Kale Salad — NORML Stash Blog
Wednesday, April 11: Ganja Gumbo — Toke of the Town
Thursday, April 12: Green Ganja Smashed Potatoes — San Francisco Bay Guardian
Friday, April 13: Pineapple Express Upside-Down Cake — High Times

Green Leafy Kale Salad with Brown Cannabutter Vinaigrette
Recipe from Bobby Hellen

Kale is one of the healthiest things you can eat, so be sure to include more of it in your diet, especially when doused with this decadent dressing from our friend chef Bobby Hellen. Chef Hellen uses this vinaigrette on a similar salad at the restaurant, absent the special ingredient, of course.

Stones (serves) 6 to 8

1 pound Tuscan kale
1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup cannabutter
1/3 cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar can be substituted

1. Wash kale and remove middle stalk and roughly chop into bite-size pieces.

2. Toast almonds in a dry sauté pan over medium heat, shaking the pan occasionally until you smell the almonds, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

3. To make the vinaigrette, in a small saucepan, melt the unsalted butter over high heat until browned, then add the cannabutter, just until melted. Remove from heat. Add the sherry vinegar and season with a pinch or two of salt.

4. Dress the kale with 4 to 6 tablespoons of dressing, toss with the almonds, and serve warm.

About the Chef: Bobby Hellen

A recipient of a StarChefs.com New York Rising Star Award in 2010, this young chef has impressed the New York culinary scene with the soulful, inventive menu at Resto, his Belgian-inspired eatery. He’s also very dedicated to the local foods movement, sourcing his kale from one of the Big Apple’s many farmers’ markets.

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Toker Talk Radio available by subscription podcast… really!

Click to visit the Toker Talk Radio Site

I’ve been having some issue setting up the new Toker Talk Radio subscription podcast, but I believe I have solved the problems.  Toker Talk Radio is our second hour of live streaming following NORML SHOW LIVE, which has always been available as a free podcast.  Toker Talk Radio is now available as a paid subscription podcast for those who want both hours of the show.

Visit http://radicalruss.podbean.com to follow the Toker Talk Radio blog and catch up on previously podcast episodes.  You will need to purchase a subscription, through PayPal or your credit/debit card, to download the episodes.

Subscription Options (Toker Talk Radio airs five days a week):

  • One-Time Monthly Pass = $4.20
  • One-Time Yearly Pass = $42.00
  • One-Time Lifetime Pass (no expiration*) = $420.00
  • Recurring Monthly Subscription = $4.20 per month, auto-renewing
  • Recurring Yearly Subscription = $42.00 per year, auto-renewing

As always, this is a non-profit operation.  All funds raised from subscriptions go to pay the expenses of hosting and producing this podcast and NORML SHOW LIVE, plus travel expenses to bring you coverage of cannabis community events.  Thank you for your support!

* Well, technically it expires in 30 years.  If we’re still alive then, remind me and I’ll renew your subscription manually.  Honestly, I hope marijuana is completely legal way before then.  I just included this option for people with too much money on their hands and an itching desire to donate it to legalization media…

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Toker Talk Radio Subscription Podcast Now Available

If you’ve been a long-time subscriber to our NORML SHOW LIVE podcast, you’ve listened to me tell the live audience “stay tuned for hour two and Toker Talk Radio.”  many of you have written to me in frustration, wishing that you could also download the second hour to complete your NORML SHOW LIVE experience.

Well, now you can!  Simply subscribe to our new Toker Talk Radio podcast feed and you can get the second hour downloaded to your mobile player or computer every day at 7pm Pacific.  The cost is only $42 per year or $4.20 per month and helps us defray the costs of taking our crew to all these live events we cover for NORML SHOW LIVE.

You can also visit the Toker Talk Radio Blog to find more subscription links and information about the program.

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