Following tradition, marijuana consumers and advocates from around the globe are organizing rallies, marches and other acts of political expression or civil disobedience in advance of this year’s celebration of 4/20, an annual protest against the prohibition of marijuana. While these public events are often effective at generating some buzz and raising public awareness, they rarely influence or appeal directly to those elected officials who continue to oppose common sense marijuana law reform efforts.
To increase the political effectiveness of these events, NORML chapters are planning to combine these traditional events with a robust presence on social media that includes a call-to-action urging federal lawmakers to support HR 1227: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act. If passed by Congress, this legislation will eliminate federal criminal penalties for possessing and growing marijuana, give states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference, and remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, which would allow for more marijuana research both recreationally and medicinally.
NORML Chapters will continue to use these public events to demonstrate that our culture is a growing part of the broader community, and to raise awareness and support for marijuana law reform efforts.
A couple examples of which are:Members of Chicago NORML have a lot to celebrate after voters in Cook County, Illinois voted to approve, “the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for recreational use by adults 21 and older,” through a non binding referendum earlier this year. Organizers are planning a 4/20 celebration that will help fund educational & outreach efforts in their community.
In South Carolina, members of Lowcountry NORML are hosting a 4/20 rally in downtown Charleston to raise awareness marijuana’s proven medicinal benefits, its hundreds of industrial uses, and the obvious need to end the mass arrest, stigmatization, and incarceration of nonviolent marijuana consumers. To help spread the word, supporters with be wearing t-shirts, holding signs, sharing stories, and asking others to join the fight to end marijuana prohibition.
Below is a list of events that are taking place around the country:
Alabama NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/144416092932869/
Humboldt NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/176073716520697/
Monterey County NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/150183702470495/
Denver NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/2137082429854938/
Southern Colorado NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/165225564129646/
Delaware NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/420211771762876/
Northeast Florida NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/2049355575350535/
Indiana NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1964672153792901/
Purdue NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/353749958430389/
Iowa NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1173742189395622/
Kentucky NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/155608048425043/
Minnesota NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/582709222121912/
Minnesota NORML Women’s Coalition – https://www.facebook.com/events/121504848551480/
New Mexico NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1546743615424372/
Western New York NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1983972578530607/
North Carolina NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1568205869881130/
Charlotte NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/296119900919588/
NC NORML of the Triangle – https://www.facebook.com/events/457312888018481/
Aiken NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/146375166036064/
Lowcountry NORML – https://normlsc.org/pages/420-rally
Memphis NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1673604129371656/
DFW NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/185597428714345/
El Paso NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1779571042339535/
Houston NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/556580421390187/
Hub City NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1893685727608368/
Hub City NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/576627839344019/
Southeast Texas NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/221071241791222/
Texas NORML – http://www.austinreggaefest.com/
Hampton Roads NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/217136348839688/
Roanoke NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/158436751510406/
Southeastern Wisconsin NORML – https://www.facebook.com/events/1894312693920769/