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Off to the Races…I Mean…Marches?

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So far, the start to 2018 has been a huge success. Our first two public meetings were a hit and people are recognizing the name NC NORML across the state. The cannabis movement is strong and ripe in North Carolina. We are a mass of energy slowly growing and getting stronger. Our duty is to help direct your energy in to action.

North Carolinians are pushing for action and because of that, we have three marches on Raleigh planned for 2018. The first one is this Saturday February 10th at 8:00am. This first one stands alongside all the fighters for the past 14 years with the Moral March. This march highlights multiple social, racial, and economic reform groups that push for change in NC, together.

The next march we have on schedule is the 4/20 march. This was actually two separate marches from two separate groups that we helped merge into the, “End Federal Prohibition Against Marijuana March”. This march will focus on marijuana reform at a federal level, in support of HR1227.

Last but not least, the final march on Raleigh will be on Saturday May 5th at Noon. It is part of the “Global Marijuana March” events taking place all over the world on that day. Everywhere from Germany, South Africa, Columbia, Sweden, Ukraine, and Mexico. Other US states include Colorado and Pennsylvania.

That sounds like a busy year…but we’re not done!! NC NORML is proud to present to you, NC NORML Lobby Day 2018! If you are a North Carolina resident and want to participate in your civic duty of personally lobbying your representatives in Raleigh for marijuana, register with us below and mark your calendar! When you register, we will get in contact with you, we will make appointments with your representatives for you, and then we will meet you in Raleigh on Lobby Day, Tuesday May 22nd.

On Lobby Day we will “huddle” at the South side of the NC Legislative Building at 10:30am to go over all the information in your official Lobby Day packet, answer any questions you may have, and help get you to your appointments. Afterwards, we will all reconnect and debrief before leaving.

Don’t worry about not having “experience”, or maybe you don’t have the confidence. We will be there to help you every step of the way. Our Lobby Day Packet will be so informative, anyone can lobby!! It is important to remember that a lot of time and effort will go into making sure you are prepared for Lobby Day so if you register, commit and mark this day on your calendar.

Also, if you live in Charlotte remember to come to stop number three along our state-tour! On March 3rd at 6:00pm we, alongside Charlotte NORML, will be hosting a public meeting with congressional candidate Christian Cano at the Holiday Inn & Suites Charlotte Center City.

2018 is huge year and we couldn’t be any more excited to bring all of North Carolinas residents the action they deserve. Now is the best time to be a member of NC NORML so go ahead and get that membership you’ve been contemplating. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments and don’t forget to register to join us on Lobby Day in Raleigh on May 22nd!

NC NORML Lobby Day 2018 Registration

Public Meeting Agenda 02/03/2018

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Minutes

Public Meeting Agenda

02/03/2018

5:00pm

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Asheville-Biltmore Vlg Area

186 Hendersonville Rd

Asheville, NC 28803

www.ncnorml.org @NorthCarolinaNORML

If you have any questions about any item on this agenda or if you need more information about any item in addition to the information contained in the agenda package, please call Treasurer Matthew Maulding at 828-455-8203 or email him at treasurer@ncnorml.org.

  1. Call to Order
  1. Persons Requesting to Be Heard
    1. Anyone that would like to bring an item in front of the Board of Directors for discussion can do so at this time. This requires a majority vote by Board of Directors to consider. If approved, each person will be limited to 3 minutes.
  1. Special Presentations
    1. Guest Speaker, Congressional Candidate Phillip Price
      1. We are fortunate to have with us the congressional candidate for District 11 join us to speak about cannabis reform on a federal level and why he thinks it’s an issue that needs to be highlighted.
    1. Open Board of Director seat
      1. NC NORML has an open seat as the “Secretary” position. Duties and how to apply will be presented by NC NORML Treasurer Matthew Maulding
  1. Events
    1. Upcoming Events
      1. February 10th, Catawba NORML’s next public meeting will be at the Crescent Moon Cafe in Hickory, 4:20-5:30pm.
      2. April 20th, Catawba NORML will be holding their first annual fundraiser in Hickory or the surrounding area.
      3. March 3rd, NC NORML next public meeting will be located in Asheville, NC.
      4. March 17th, Charlotte NORML is having their monthly meeting from 1:00-3:00pm at “Seeds on 36th: Urban Garden Store” in Charlotte
      5. Mid-Late May, ALL NORML chapters within NC state lines will be participating in a “Lobby Day” which will take place in Raleigh, NC. Keep tuned for details.
  1. Strategy 2018
    1. Lowest level enforcement priority (LLEP) measures and medical cannabis resolutions are encouraged to be introduced at a local level until we can get legal access through the passage of medical and adult use cannabis legislation. This is a way of taking the focus off cannabis arrests, freeing law enforcement to work on more serious issues, and show that 80% of the state does support cannabis law reform.
    1. Arranging face to face visits with your representatives is another good way to let them know how many of their constituents support cannabis law reform. We elect our representatives to cast votes as the voice of their constituents. With a majority of citizens in North Carolina favoring cannabis law reform, our elected are not doing their jobs. We can no longer support those who continue to ignore all of the evidence showing cannabis to be a benign and beneficial plant that we should have safe access to.
    1. Preserving our rights to produce our own cannabis and possess enough to last an entire year is a focus of NCNORML as well. There are legal states where an ounce of cannabis is $500, this isn’t a reasonable option for a person who needs multiple ounces a month. Without the ability to provide for yourself in that amount or assign the plant count over to someone who is physically capable of growing, there will be problematic decisions for people. They will either be criminals for growing and possessing more than allowed, or having to go without the cannabis that they need.
    1. Since 2011 only one state has allowed home grow rights in the final version of their medical cannabis legislation. Recent trends are also going toward “oil only” laws that still outlaw smoking, dried flower, and home grow. Limited numbers of producers and retailers usually accompany these oil only laws. Restricting the methods of ingestion and competition in the market are not in the best interest of the people of NC. We must make sure this does not happen here.
  1. “Many Hands” Video
    1. NC NORML is producing a video and is in need of your help. The video will portray many different people saying the same script and through editing, will show how many hands can make a job easy, such as cannabis law reform. We need help from members like you, willing to read a provided script to a camera in a setting comfortable to you. This will be distributed on social media and the point is for it NOT to be anonymous.. If you are willing to help out, in front of or behind the camera, please see Abner Brown(Executive Director). He will go over the details, logistics and answer any questions you may have.
  1. Budget Presentation
    1. In our efforts to boost NC NORML into the spotlight, we have noticed that we need a professional and sustaining budget in place. The current serving NC NORML Board of Directors saw this need and moved into action; voting in the first organized budget in years. Matthew Maulding, the newly elected Treasurer, will present the budget and answer any questions about the budget following his presentation. (Exhibit I)
  1. State of the Chapters
    1. This is an opportunity for NC NORML to highlight what our local chapters are doing and their accomplishments. We will also show you who to get in touch with if you would like to join one of these local chapters. This will be presented by Tim Lounsbury, Deputy Director.
  1. State of Social Media
    1. Our social media has been in a “rebuilding phase” over the last few months. This section of the agenda will give us a chance to tell you about what we are doing and how you can get involved, how to get our action updates, and the rebuilding process. Our Communications Director Nikki Lambert will go over the details and answer any questions you may have about getting involved.
  1. What is National NORML doing?
    1. Here we will highlight the accomplishments and tasks that our National affiliate is currently working on. Also, how you can get involved and keep yourself updated with their progress. If you don’t live near an existing local NORML chapter, we can also show you how to start your own. Presented by Abner Brown, our Executive Director
  1. Matters Not On the Agenda (Requires a majority vote for consideration)
  2. General Comments by Board of Directors of a Non-Business Nature
  3. Adjournment

Check us out in a neighborhood near you!

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NC NORML 2018 TOUR

As part of NC NORML’s efforts to bring marijuana reform to North Carolina, we will be conducting public meetings throughout the state of North Carolina, from Wilmington to Asheville, and every major city in between. The following are the dates, times, and cities:

**Venues will be announced before events, as soon as they are set in stone**

DATE/ TIME/ CITY

January 6th, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Raleigh, NC

February 3rd, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Asheville, NC

March 3rd, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm Charlotte, NC

April 7th, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm Wilmington, NC

May 5th, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm Greensboro, NC

June 2nd, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm Hickory, NC

July 7th, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm Winston-Salem, NC

August 4th, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm Fayetteville, NC

September 1st, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm Boone, NC

October 6th, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm Gastonia, NC

November 3rd, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Wilson, NC

December 1st, 2018 5:00pm-7:00pm Raleigh, NC

Public Meeting Agenda 01/06/2018

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Public Meeting Agenda

01/06/2018

5:00pm

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown

320 Hillsborough Street

Raleigh, NC 27603

www.ncnorml.org            @NorthCarolinaNORML

 

If you have any questions about any item on this agenda or if you need more information about any item in addition to the information contained in the agenda package, please call Treasurer Matthew Maulding at 828-455-8203 or email him at treasurer@ncnorml.org.

 

  1. Call to Order
  2. Persons Requesting to Be Heard
    1. Anyone that would like to bring an item in front of the Board of Directors for discussion can do it at this time. This requires a majority vote by Board of Directors to consider. If approved, each person will be limited to 3 minutes.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    1. No past minutes to approve
  4. Special Presentations
    1. Needs assessments and their potential
      1. Presented by NC NORML Communications Director Nikki Lambert
    2. Open Board of Director seat
      1. NC NORML has an open seat as the “Secretary” position. Duties and how to apply will be presented by NC NORML Treasurer Matthew Maulding
  5. Events
    1. Upcoming Events
      1. January 16th, TriadNORML is presenting a city resolution to the city council in support of a regulated  medical cannabis system. Next public meeting will be January 27th.
      2. February 3rd, NC NORML next public meeting will be located in Asheville, NC.
      3. February 3rd, Charlotte NORML will be holding their “Mardi Grass Fundraiser” in Charlotte at Three Spirits Brewery.
      4. April 20th, Catawba NORML will be holding their first annual fundraiser in Hickory or the surrounding area.
      5. Mid-Late May, ALL NORML chapters within NC state lines will be participating in a “Lobby Day” which will take place in Raleigh, NC. Keep tuned for details.
  1. Strategy 2018
    1. Lowest level enforcement priority (LLEP) measures and medical cannabis resolutions are encouraged to be introduced at a local level until we can get legal access to medical and adult use cannabis legislation passed. This is a way of taking the focus off cannabis arrests, freeing law enforcement to work on more serious issues, and show that 80% of the state does support cannabis reform.

 

    1. Arranging face to face visits with your representatives is another good way to let them know how many of their constituents support cannabis reform. We elect our representatives, they’re in office to cast votes as the voice of their constituents. With a majority of citizens of NC favoring cannabis reform, our elected aren’t doing their jobs. We must let them know if they continue to ignore all the evidence that cannabis is a benign and beneficial plant we should have access to, we can no longer support them.

 

    1. Preserving our rights to produce our own cannabis and possess enough to last an entire year is a focus of NC NORML as well. There are legal states where ounces of cannabis are $500, this isn’t a reasonable option for a person who needs multiple ounces a month. Without the ability to provide for yourself in that amount or sign the plant count over to someone who is physically capable of growing, there will be problematic decisions for people. They will either be criminals for growing and possessing more than allowed, or having to go without the cannabis that they need.

 

    1. Since 2011 only one state has allowed home grow rights in the final version of their medical cannabis legislation passed. Recent trends are also going toward “oil only” laws that still outlaw smoking, dried flower, and home grow. Limited numbers of producers and retailers usually accompany these oil only laws. Restricting the methods of ingestion and competition in the market are also not in the best interest of the people of NC. We have to make sure this doesn’t happen here.

 

  1. “Many Hands” Video
    1. NC NORML is producing a video and they need our help. The video will portray many different people saying the same script and through editing, will show how many hands can make a job easy, such as cannabis reform. We need help from members like you, willing to read a provided script to a camera in a setting comfortable to you. This will be distributed on social media and the point is for it NOT to be anonymous.. If you are willing to help out, in front of or behind the camera, please see Abner Brown (Executive Director) and he will go over the details and logistics and he can also answer any questions you may have.
  2. Budget Presentation
    1. In our efforts to boost NC NORML into the spotlight, we have noticed that we need a professional and sustaining budget in place. The current serving NC NORML Board of Directors saw this need and moved into action, voting in the first organized budget in years.  Matthew Maulding, the newly elected Treasurer, will present the budget and answer any questions about the budget following his presentation. (Exhibit I)
  3. State of the Chapters
    1. This is an opportunity for NC NORML to highlight what our local chapters are doing and  their accomplishments. We will also show you who to get in touch with if you would like to join one of these local chapters. This will be presented by Tim Lounsbury, Deputy Director.
  4. State of Social Media
    1. Our social media has been in a “rebuilding phase” over the last few months. This section of the agenda will give us a chance to tell you about what we are doing and how you can get involved, how to get our action updates, and the rebuilding process. Our Communications Director Nikki Lambert will go over the details and answer any questions you may have about getting involved.
  5. What is National NORML doing?
    1. Here we will highlight the accomplishments and tasks that our National affiliate is currently working on. Also, how you can get involved and keep yourself updated with their progress. If you don’t live near an existing local NORML chapter, we can also show you how to start your own. Presented by Abner Brown, our Executive Director
  6. Matters Not On the Agenda (Requires a majority vote for consideration)
  7. General Comments by Board of Directors of a Non-Business Nature
  8. Adjournment

10 Year History of Cannabis Reform in NC

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Marijuana Bills Introduced in N.C.G.A for the Last 10 Years

Overview

 

In the last 10 years there have been 10 marijuana reform bills introduced, 8 in the House and 2 in the Senate. All 10 of those bills have been for medical marijuana. All 10 have never made it past the first committee. Out of 41 Standing House Committees, there are 6 main committees that medical marijuana bills get sent to. Those are the committee members we must focus our coordinated action on. They have already shown us their cards in that aspect. Are those committee members out at an event? Are those candidates up for reelection? If so, let’s put them on the hot seat at every opportunity on this issue. “Mr. Representative’s aide (committee member), we would like to set up a meeting between you and (previous medical bill sponsor) to discuss the medical marijuana bill that might be coming to the table in 2018.”  Politically, those committee members are the ones stopping these bills, by sitting on them and letting them die. Those are the people that deserve our full political attention in 2018.

 

2007-2008 Session

 

  • None

 

2009-2010 Session

 

  • H1380

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Jones; Harrison; Mackey; (Primary)
K. Alexander; Fisher;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref to the Com on Health, if favorable, Judiciary II, if favorable, Finance

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the first committee.

 

  • H1383

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsers- Jones; (Primary)

 

Committee Sent To- Ref to the Com on Health, if favorable, Judiciary II, if favorable, Finance

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the first committee.

 

2011-2012 Session

 

  • H577

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- K. Alexander; Keever; Harrison; (Primary)
Bradley; Fisher; Luebke;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee.

 

2013-2014 Session

 

  • H1161

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Alexander; (Primary)
Cunningham; Hamilton; Harrison; Mobley;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref To Com On Judiciary

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee

 

  • H84

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Alexander; Harrison; (Primary)
Brandon; Luebke;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

 

Final Outcome- This bill did get voted on by the committee and was “reported unfavorable”

 

2015-2016 Session

 

  • H78

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Alexander; Carney; Harrison; Cunningham; (Primary)
Ager; Farmer-Butterfield; Fisher; G. Graham; Hamilton; Holley; Hunter; Luebke; R. Moore; Pierce; Terry

 

Committee Sent To- Ref to the Com on Judiciary I, if favorable, Health, if favorable, Regulatory Reform

 

Final Outcome- On 2/16/2015 this bill went to the first committee, on 3/9/2015 “Serial Referral To Finance Added” + “Serial Referral To Appropriations Added”, on 3/24/15 “reported unfavorable”.

 

  • H983

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Alexander; Harrison; (Primary)
Ager; Carney; Cunningham; Earle; Fisher; Hamilton; Holley; Hunter; Luebke; Murphy;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref to the Com on Health, if favorable, Finance

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee.

 

2017-2018 Session

 

  • H185

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Alexander; Carney; Harrison; R. Moore; (Primary)
Ager; Autry; Belk; Butler; Cunningham; Fisher; Hanes; Holley; Hunter; Lehman; B. Turner;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref To Com On Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee.

 

  • S648

 

Medical / Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Van Duyn;  Foushee;  (Primary)
Smith-Ingram;  Waddell;

 

Committee Sent To- Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee.

 

  • S579

Medical/ Recreational- Medical

 

Sponsors- Ford (Primary) ; Smith

 

Committee Sent to- Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate

 

Final Outcome- This bill didn’t get voted on in the committee.

 

 

 

Standing House Committee Members

 

HEALTH
Chairman Rep. Dobson
Chairman Rep. Dollar
Chairman Rep. Bert Jones
Chairman Rep. Lambeth
Chairman Rep. Murphy
Vice Chairman Rep. Brisson
Vice Chairman Rep. Earle
Vice Chairman Rep. Farmer-Butterfield
Members Rep. Adcock, Rep. Ball, Rep. Blackwell, Rep. Boswell, Rep. Burr, Rep. Carney, Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Dulin, Rep. Ford, Rep. Howard, Rep. Hunter, Rep. Insko, Rep. Jackson, Rep. Lewis, Rep. Lucas, Rep. Malone, Rep. Potts, Rep. Rogers, Rep. Setzer, Rep. Shepard, Rep. Szoka, Rep. White, Rep. Wray, Rep. Yarborough, Rep. Zachary

 

FINANCE
Senior Chairman Rep. Brawley
Senior Chairman Rep. Saine
Chairman Rep. Hastings
Chairman Rep. S. Martin
Chairman Rep. Setzer
Chairman Rep. Szoka
Vice Chairman Rep. Alexander
Vice Chairman Rep. Blust
Vice Chairman Rep. Collins
Vice Chairman Rep. Dollar
Vice Chairman Rep. R. Moore
Vice Chairman Rep. Warren
Members Rep. Adams, Rep. Beasley, Rep. J. Bell, Rep. Bradford, Rep. Butler, Rep. Carney, Rep. Goodman, Rep. Destin Hall, Rep. Hanes, Rep. Henson, Rep. Holley, Rep. Howard, Rep. Bert Jones, Rep. Jordan, Rep. Lewis, Rep. Meyer, Rep. Morey, Rep. Reives, Rep. Steinburg, Rep. Stone, Rep. Williams

 

JUDICIARY I
Chairman Rep. Davis
Vice Chairman Rep. Duane Hall
Vice Chairman Rep. Jackson
Vice Chairman Rep. Stevens
Vice Chairman Rep. R.Turner
Members Rep. Arp, Rep. Farmer-Butterfield, Rep. Howard, Rep. G. Martin, Rep. McNeill, Rep. Meyer, Rep. Rogers, Rep. Steinburg

 

JUDICIARY II

 

Chairman Rep. Blust
Vice Chairman Rep. Faircloth
Vice Chairman Rep. Hurley
Vice Chairman Rep. McGrady
Vice Chairman Rep. Michaux
Members Rep. Bumgardner, Rep. Fisher, Rep. Destin Hall, Rep. Harrison, Rep. John, Rep. Brenden Jones, Rep. Sauls

 

RULES, CALENDER, AND OPERATIONS OF THE HOUSE

 

Chairman Rep. Lewis
Vice Chairman Rep. Davis
Vice Chairman Rep. Stevens
Vice Chairman Rep. Szoka
Vice Chairman Rep. Torbett
Members Rep. J. Bell, Rep. Blust, Rep. Boles, Rep. Brawley, Rep. Bumgardner, Rep. Burr, Rep. Carney, Rep. Dollar, Rep. Dulin, Rep. Earle, Rep. Floyd, Rep. Fraley, Rep. Goodman, Rep. Hanes, Rep. Hardister, Rep. Hastings, Rep. Jackson, Rep. Johnson, Rep. S. Martin, Rep. McGrady, Rep. R. Moore, Rep. Reives, Rep. Ross, Rep. Saine, Rep. Sauls, Rep. Willingham, Rep. Wray

 

REGULATORY REFORM

Chairman Rep. Bradford
Chairman Rep. Riddell
Vice Chairman Rep. Holley
Vice Chairman Rep. S. Martin
Vice Chairman Rep. R. Moore
Vice Chairman Rep. Speciale
Vice Chairman Rep. Watford
Vice Chairman Rep. Yarborough
Members Rep. J. Bell, Rep. Blackwell, Rep. Brawley, Rep. Brisson, Rep. Cunningham, Rep. Davis, Rep. Dixon, Rep. Dobson, Rep. Floyd, Rep. Goodman, Rep. Grange, Rep. Harrison, Rep. Henson, Rep. Hunter, Rep. Bert Jones, Rep. Jordan, Rep. McElraft, Rep. W. Richardson, Rep. Stevens

Our 2018 Budget

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This serves as a tool for our members to use for a reference of what funds we have, how we plan to use them, how your donation is used, and what method we have to replace those funds after they are spent.

My name is Matthew Maulding and I am the new Treasurer for NC NORML. As an organization, we have taken some heat over the last few months about if we still have our funds and if so, what do we plan to do with them. The below document is to show that not only that we have funds, but we have a strategic plan for them.

We know that in general, money goes “out” much easier than it comes “in”, but how can we create a budget that allows us to maintain or grow the amount of funds we have? Being involved in local government, I see that creating a self-sustaining budget is very plausible and necessary. Every fund must have an income along with its expenses. With every donation or membership, we will take a specific portion and designate it to a “Fund”. The General Fund, Advertising Fund, Transportation Fund, Contingency Fund, and Savings Fund are the funds that will receive a portion of your donation/ membership. Transparency is key. Although we won’t be able to please everybody and inevitably someone will have a bone to pick with our budget, most however, are enthusiastic and can see the overall benefit this will have for us.

I do plan on doing a presentation about the details of our budget in our meetings we are going to be holding across the state in 2018. This will give every member an opportunity to physically meet me, ask any questions about the budget in person, and get a better grasp on what the overall process entailed.

Please click the link below and see to it that you understand what we are doing and how your donation will be broken down. If you have ANY questions for me please feel free to email me at, treasurer@ncnorml.org

Thank You,

Matthew Maulding

Our issue in Raleigh

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North Carolina is a state with Republican legislative control. To some this may seem like it extends the “ladder of legalization”, creating a tougher environment to pass marijuana reform. In reality, this may not be the case.

Usually, I can’t stand generalizations but one thing we can say is, all Republicans attempt to be very fiscally responsible. Being able to present the facts and information to republican legislators during lobbying, in a manner that shows evidence of steep revenue gains in states with such a Colorado.

According to a Post Independent article, Colorado has raised $90 Million dollars for the state in taxes, licenses, and fees from fiscal year 2013 to May 2016.

ArcView Group, a cannabis industry research firm, estimates that the legal marijuana industry in the U.S. could reach over 22 Billion dollars in total annual sales by 2020. Those are big numbers that resonates with republican representatives.

It’s also vital to show the medicinal side to Republicans too. Across the country, Republicans are starting to see and understand the medical qualities, usually by seeing it’s benefits in person.

Using these materials, we can craft our lobbying action to better suit the majority party that serves in Raleigh. We have to remember that legislators are very busy and hard working people that are often on a one track mind. By getting in front of them and making a physical presence in Raleigh is crucial.

Marijuana Reform is Nothing Without Your Involvement

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What does this mean?

Part of the reason that marijuana reform is slow in North Carolina is because most people feel like if they get out and advocate for marijuana reform that, their boss will find out and fire them, they will get arrested, or something along those lines. It’s the scare tactics that weigh more on the mind than the actual reason of advocacy.

You see, when LGBTQ rights advocates first came into the main stream public, many people feared the same things and because of that, it has slowed the movement down. 15 years ago if we had had a LGBTQ March and people were scared to show up for fear of the possible aforementioned ramifications, then the “closet advocates” would look at the movement and would see how small it is and probably think that it’s not worth coming out themselves to support. This is the same with marijuana reform.

We already know that recent polling shows that the majority of North Carolina citizens support marijuana reform. Then why do we not have comprehensive marijuana reform? Part of the answer lies with who we elect to represent us, and their willingness to see this as an urgent policy change. Another part, the main point I’m trying to make, is that when the marijuana reform “closet advocates” look out to see what organizations like ours are doing, and see the low turnout for the events, it forces them to subconsciously return to their “closet”.

When I first started a job selling cars, my manager and mentor told me that people want to buy cars where other people buy cars, and he’s right. For instance, when our lot is filled with customers, other customers come pouring in just to see what’s going on. It gives them the confidence to come in and not be alone, which would make it harder to stand out. The same goes for marijuana advocacy. If they see lots of other people out at the events, they feel better about coming out themselves, so their not out their “alone”.

Now is not the time to let someone else take the wheel and steer marijuana reform in the direction we want, it’s up to you. Your presence does more than just adding to our voice, it encourages people to get out there with you. When we have the Global Marijuana March in Raleigh next year, if we don’t show up in droves, we will be hurting our chances at getting reform in North Carolina. Show up, be heard, and give others the confidence to do the same.

NC NORML’s Revitalization Efforts for 2018

Since 2017 has almost come to an end, and we still do not have a comprehensive cannabis law on the books here in North Carolina, we have decided that NC NORML is going to step things up BIG TIME for our supporters and all the citizens in favor of marijuana reform in North Carolina. To do this, we are going to produce a plan-of-action for 2018 and schedule plenty of public outreach across the state.

We have collectively decided that our organization needs just that, organization. In order to better serve you we have decided to streamline our focus by creating a common annual goal, and a detailed plan-of-action to get us there. Ideally, we will be able to pass this down to the local chapters as well. This way, every one of our members can have access to what our updated goal is and how they can help to achieve this goal, keeping us on the same page, literally.

On top of our 2018 plan-of-action, we are going to make ourselves more visible and open to the public than we have ever been in the past. NC NORML is going to work in tandem with our local chapters in making our presence known throughout your community by attending local festivals, fairs, and frankly any other public event that we can be received at. We hope to have “Community Action Days”, in order to get our wonderful members and our message out in a positive manner. We will soon put together an “Event Outreach” form that you can fill out online to tell us about local events in your community that we need to look in to. We feel this is a certain way for all of you to feel more comfortable with getting off of your couches, stepping out in the activism scene, and hopefully into your legislative offices.

With these changes as well as some instrumental changes behind the scenes, we will be able to better provide you with the resources, education, and confidence to make being a marijuana activist easier than ever. Our goal is North Carolina marijuana reform. We feel strongly that with our new leadership, and with the organizational changes we are making, that we can accomplish this. Be sure to mark this website as a favorite on your browser so you can keep up to date with NC NORML and our local chapters. We look forward to fighting the fight with you, and helping us usher in the new generation of NC NORML.

Matthew Maulding, NC NORML Treasurer

NC Norml Is Looking For Volunteers in Raleigh NC!

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