NORML CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY
NORML To Celebrate 40-Year Anniversary
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Washington, DC: NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of its founding on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. NORML is the oldest and most respected marijuana law reform organization in the nation, and the only such organization to represent itself as the marijuana consumers’ lobby.
“Over the last four decades, NORML took what was then a nascent marijuana legalization movement in this country, and moved it into the political mainstream.,” NORML founder Keith Stroup said. “Because of NORML’s willingness to challenge marijuana prohibition and to make the case that marijuana consumers are good citizens, not criminals, we are now approaching the tipping point with this issue in America. In the end, we are only incidentally talking about marijuana — we are really talking about personal freedom.”
NORML celebrates this 40th anniversary with an exciting find from its voluminous archive of marijuana-related media: a public service advertisement for the organization recorded in 1976 by reggae legend Peter Tosh. The reintroduction of the Tosh PSA coincides with Sony Music’s April 16 reissue of classic Tosh albums, including ‘Legalize It’.
“We are excited to partner with the Tosh Family Estate and Sony Music in releasing this historic clip from the man who touched millions of cannabis consumers with anthems like ‘Legalize It’ and ‘Get Up, Stand Up,'” said NORML Outreach Coordinator Russ Belville, host of the organization’s daily webstream / podcast, NORML SHOW LIVE.
NORML SHOW LIVE and the NORML Stash Blog will be featuring more material from the NORML Archives in celebration of the 40th anniversary, leading up to the organization’s 40th annual conference this April 21-23 in Denver, Colorado. The Tosh Family and Sony Music will also be working with NORML for more exciting Peter Tosh releases later this year.
For more information, please contact NORML Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre, or NORML Legal Counsel Keith Stroup, at (202) 483-5500.