NORML: National Organization that Reforms Marijuana Laws

National NORML was founded in 1970 by Keith Stroup and continues its work to advocate for cannabis consumers at the federal level. NORML has dozens of state and local chapters across the country that work on the local level to advocate for sensible cannabis policy. OC NORML works hand-in-hand with our state chapter CA NORML and focuses on the Southern California region and Orange County specifically.

Orange County NORML Mission Statement

Our mission is to be a resource center for those curious, consuming, medicating, or building in the cannabis space. Established in 2003 our goal remains to be the all-inclusive bridge to the cannabis community.  A volunteer-led nonprofit that believes in cannabis legalization through policy change, education, and connection.

Community Driven Non-Profit

Since its founding, OC NORML has held consistent public meetings where advocates and supporters can learn about the current status of cannabis laws, discuss news and events, hear from special guest speakers, and network with other like-minded individuals. OC NORML organizes its own special events, participates in the cannabis industry and community events. Our board of Directors speaks regularly at community events, seminars and attends city council meetings to consistently share the OC NORML mission.

F.A.C.E.S. Campaign

The F.A.C.E. (Fostering Awareness through Cannabis Education)  Campaign is a free educational community program. The purpose is to educate residents on the history of cannabis, medical benefits, current laws and regulations, and answer questions residents have about cannabis in their community.

Cannabis Licensing Task Force

The Bridge of Communication and Understanding

The Commercial Cannabis Licensing Task Force is a subcommittee of OC NORML designed to educate elected and city staff on reasonable cannabis policy and best practices. The goal of the Task Force is to expand cannabis licensing to allow for the creation of more job opportunities, diversity, and to help municipalities raise much-needed tax revenue, while never forgetting the consumer and patients.  OC NORML is not a special interest group; we work towards making the industry fair and equitable for all.

OC Norml Facts

OC Norml Facts

Since 2003 OC NORML remains the only cannabis consumer advocacy organization in OC. Throughout the years we have held many events, won many awards, and been involved in countless projects benefitting the community. Here are some fun facts about OC NORML.





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Volunteer Driven


The Orange County NORML Board is elected annually in July. The Officers serve on a volunteer basis and work towards achieving the goals set by the Board of Directors.


Consider Making a DONATION to OC NORML

OC NORML is a 501(c)3 non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. Please consider making a donation and supporting our work. We are 100% volunteer driven and all funds go towards resources needed to achieve our goals.


May 16

Best Non Profit

OC NORML awarded best non profit at the Orange County Cannabis Awards
May 16

Measure BB

The voters in Santa Ana adopt Santa Ana Measure BB
May 16

Measure CC

OC NORML qualifies Measure CC in Santa Ana to allow currently established operators to get a license
May 16

National NORML Conference Award

OC NORML awarded best NORML Chapter at the Annual National NORML Conference
May 16

Forms PAC

OC NORML forms a PAC and starts working on a cannabis regulatory ballot initiative in Santa Ana
March 24

FIRST Cannabis Expo

OC NORML organizes the FIRST cannabis expo at the Anaheim Convention Center “The Know Your Rights Expo”
February 22

Medical Cannabis Conference

OC NORML organizes the Medical Cannabis Conference in Laguna Woods  
February 19

First OC Norml Rally

First OC NORML Rally at Huntington Beach Pier
March 15


OC NORML Founded by Kandice Hawes and holds its first meeting at Norms in Santa Ana.