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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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Chairman:Norman Elliott Kent
Year created:1970
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The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a national political organization that "supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts." NORML acts as an information source; lobbies state and federal legislatures; publishes newsletters, has annual conferences, and acts as an umbrella group for organizations fighting to end marijuana prohibition.[1]

"NORML's mission is to "move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable."[2]


NORML was founded in 1970 and led successful efforts to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in 11 states in its first decade of operation. Additionally, it was able to get marijuana penalties lowered significantly in all other states.[1]


NORML is governed by a board of directors consisting of 20 members. They set policies, elect officers and hire the Executive Director. NORML's Advisory Board acts to help support organizational goals.[3]

Norman Elliott Kent serves as the chair of the board and Stephen Dillon is the vice-chair.

2014 elections

As of November 2013, NORML has not spent any money on the 2014 election cycle.[4]

2012 elections

NORML received a total of $7,980 from donors and spent $12,530 in the 2012 election cycle.[5]


NORML contributed $4,750 to candidates in 2012. All of the money went to Democrats.[6]

Top 6 largest NORML expenditures in 2012[6]
Candidate Party State Office Total Desired Result
Barney Frank Democratic Party MA U.S. House $1,000
Roger Goodman Democratic Party WA State House $1,000
Jerrold Nadler Democratic Party NY U.S. House $1,000
Mark Pocan Democratic Party WI U.S. House $1,000
Hakeem Jeffries Democratic Party NY U.S. House $500
Glenn Ivey Democratic Party MD U.S. House $250


The top five donors to NORML during the 2012 election cycle were:[7]

Top 5 Donors to NORML, 2012[7]
Donor Total
Phil Harvey $5,000
Paul H. Kuhn, Jr. $1,000
Dale H. Gieringer $1,000
Patrick Ogelsby $500
Amy K. Stout $200


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