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Your willingness to support NORML at the state and local level is greatly appreciated. It's important that your NORML chapter concentrate locally and organize from the town/city level to the state level. Working together we'll end cannabis prohibition once and for all.

Guidelines for Affiliation with NORML

  • The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a non-profit corporation charted in the District of Columbia and authorized by the IRS to operate as a 501(c)(4) public-interest lobby. NORML supports ending marijuana prohibition and opposes the practice of arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens who smoke marijuana. NORML's goals are more fully explained in the organization's basic brochure and on its web site (
  • NORML wishes to affiliate and work cooperatively with local and statewide organizations that share our general goals. The following guidelines indicate the criteria which an organization must meet to qualify for affiliation with NORML, including the use of "NORML" in the affiliate's name.

For more information please visit the official NORML webpage and submit questions regarding the affiliation process to the National Outreach Director at NORML, 1100 H Street, NW, Suite 830, Washington, DC, 2005. Telephone: (202) 483-5500. Fax: (202) 483-0057. E-mail:

Those groups that wish to affiliate with NORML must complete the following application and submit to NORML for approval. No group or organization is authorized to act as an affiliate, or to publicly include "NORML" in their name, until the application has been approved by the Executive Director.