NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. (Adopted by the NORML Board of Directors, June 29, 2013)
History of National NORML
The oldest and largest marijuana legalization organization in the country, NORML maintains a professional staff in Washington, DC, headed by Executive Director Erik Altieri, and a network of volunteer state and local NORML Chapters across the country.
Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided 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 Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly. During the 1970s, NORML led the successful efforts to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and significantly lower marijuana penalties in all others.
Today, NORML continues to lead the fight to reform state and federal marijuana laws, whether by voter initiative or through the elected legislatures. NORML serves as an informational resource to the national media on marijuana-related stories, providing a perspective to offset the anti-marijuana propaganda from the government; lobbies state and federal legislators in support of reform legislation; publishes a regular newsletter; hosts, along with the NORML Foundation, an informative web site and an annual conference; and serves as the umbrella group for a national network of citizen-activists committed to ending marijuana prohibition and legalizing marijuana.
Because NORML lobbies state and federal legislators, donations to NORML are not tax deductible.
Southern Arizona NORML
Working to Reform Marijuana Laws
Southern Arizona NORML is a local chapter of NORML that serves Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties. Southern Arizona NORML seeks to promote the reform of marijuana laws through community outreach, education, advocacy and legislative action. We are working to examine lowest priority language relative to cannabis arrests in the City of Tucson as well as endeavoring to legalize cannabis for adult use in the state of Arizona through the Smart and Safe Arizona Act. Southern Arizona NORML works collaboratively with our state chapter, Arizona NORML to move both our missions forward in the state of Arizona. Please contact us if you have any questions about what we do or would like to get involved!
Monthly Chapter Meetings
Join us for our monthly chapter meetings that occur on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. We meet at The Harambe Cafe, 6464 E Tanque Verde, Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85712. The Harambe Cafe is directly behind Green Med Wellness Center. And…patients get 10% off all purchases that night at Green Med Wellness Center. We hope to see you at our meetings!