|National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws|
|Leadership:||Executive Director Allen St. Pierre|
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." The group was founded in 1970.
NORML's efforts have lead to the decriminalization of minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and helped reduce penalties in all other states. 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.
The Board of Directors consisting of 15 members govern NORML. They set policies, elect officers, and hires the Executive Director. NORML's Advisory Board acts to help support organizational goals.
Allen St. Pierre is NORML's national executive director.
"NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty."