NORML's Interview With Kandice!
August 2012: NORML is pleased to announce that our 2012 Chapter of the Year Award recipient is Orange County NORML!
Orange County NORML’s founder and executive director Kandice Hawes agreed to sit down with NORML and shed some light on the secret to her chapter’s longevity, as well as provide some survival tips to other activists.
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The NORML Women’s Alliance:
Highlights of Women Making History
The NORML Women’s Alliance would like to honor all of the female NORML Directors who are paving the way toward rational cannabis policies and are setting a wonderful example as women who have actively taken on leadership roles (this year and last) within the NORML family. Thank-you ladies, you are making history:
NORML Women Chapter Leaders
- Dawn Dunlap • Central Ohio NORML - (OH)
- Terri Zeman • Greater St. Louis NORML - (MO)
- Trena Moss • Hillsdale County NORML - (MI)
- Elizabeth Brandt • Iona County NORML - (MI)
- Apryl Coleman • Kent County NORML - (MI)
- Carol Reed • Macomb County NORML - (MI)
- Kim Schmidt • Ohio NORML - (OH)
- Norma Sapp • Oklahoma NORML - (OK)
- Kandice Hawes • Orange County NORML - (CA)
- Madeline Martinez • Oregon NORML - (OR)
- Lori Duckworth • South Oregon NORML - (OR)
- Melissa Posecznick • Tennessee NORML - (TN)
- Lacey Viviano • Upstate NY NORML - (NY)
- Linda Adler • US Virgin Islands NORML - (USVI)
- Melody Karr • Wexford County NORML - (MI)
- Dee Duffy • Virginia NORML - (VA)
- Cheryl Shuman • Beverly Hills NORML - (CA)
- Emily Busalacchi • Mile High NORML - (CO)
- Christeen Landino • Michigan NORML - (MI)
- Sarah Zenk-Blossom • Minnesota State University NORML - (MN)
- Anne Davis • New Jersey NORML – (NJ)
- Ruth Liebesman Martiniuk • Empire State NORML - (NY)
- Crystal Caudebec • Hudson Valley NORML - (NY)
The NORML Foundation, the organization's tax-exempt unit, conducts educational and research activities. Examples of the NORML Foundation's advocacy work is a detailed 2006 report, Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis. A comprehensive report with county-by-county marijuana arrest data, Crimes of Indiscretion: Marijuana Arrest in America, was published in 2005.
In October 1998, NORML Foundation published the NORML Report on U.S. Domestic Marijuana Production that was widely cited in the mainstream media. The report methodically estimated the value and number of cannabis plants grown in 1997, finding that Drug Enforcement Administration, state and local law enforcement agencies seized 32% of domestic cannabis plants planted that year. According to the report, "Marijuana remains the fourth largest cash crop in America despite law enforcement spending an estimated $10 billion annually to pursue efforts to outlaw the plant." Recent studies show that marijuana is larger than all other cash crops combined. In 2002, the organization used ads containing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg quotes on his past use of pot, saying "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it." The mayor said "I’m not thrilled they’re using my name. I suppose there’s that First Amendment that gets in the way of me stopping it," but maintained that the NYPD will continue to vigorously enforce the laws. History
NORML was founded in 1970 by Keith Stroup funded by $5,000 from the Playboy Foundation. Since then, the organization has played a central role in the cannabis decriminalization movement. The organization has a large grassroots network with 135 chapters and over 550 lawyers. NORML holds annual conferences and Continuing Legal Education (CLE)-accredited seminars. Its board of directors has, at times, included such prominent political figures as Senators Philip Hart, Jacob K. Javits, and Ross Mirkarimi. Media and activism
As an advocacy group, NORML has been active in spreading its message to the public.
In early 2009, a petition to President Barack Obama was written asking that he appoint a "Drug Czar" who will treat drug abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal issue and will move away from a "War on Drugs" paradigm. NORML's goal for this petition was 100,000 signatures.
Also in early 2009, when the Kellogg Company dropped its contract with Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps after pictures of him using a bong surfaced in the media, head members of NORML began boycotting Kellogg products and urging all members and supporters of NORML to boycott Kellogg, until the company reversed the decision. NORML also suggested that supporters of the cause send emails or letters to Kellogg explaining the boycott and the reasons behind it, even providing a template for emails and letters.
Although Kellogg's profits did not suffer in the first quarter of 2009, consumer ratings polls at Vanno have been cited as indicating that Kellogg's reputation has suffered. Specifically, a small poll of Kellogg's brand reputation at Vanno showed a drop from its previous rank of 9 to 83 after Kellogg decided not to renew its contract with Michael Phelps. It is not clear whether or not NORML's boycott played a significant role in this decline.
On April 20, 2009, NORML released the first national pro-marijuana television advertisement. The PSA, which overtly promotes the legalization of marijuana use, was created by Philadelphia filmmaker Jason Druss as an entry into NORML's annual video contest.
The television commercial was discussed in the April 20, 2009 edition of The New York Times, CBS News, as well as hundreds of blogging and news websites.
On February 15, 2010, a 15 second Flash animation from NORML discussing the potential economic and financial benefit of legalized marijuana was deemed by CBS to be "too political" to display on billboards in New York City's Times Square. This drew criticism in the blogosphere and accusations of hypocrisy on Twitter, since CBS had recently aired an anti-abortion television spot during the 2010 Super Bowl. CBS has since reversed its decision and the ad was debuted on the CBS Times Square Superscreen on Tuesday April 20, 2010.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE! The Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 South County meeting has been moved to Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014! Please, visit our Calendar for details. REMINDER! The FIRST Friday of every month, we have our South County meeting in Lake Forest. The THIRD Friday of every month, we have our North County meeting in Fullerton.