In 1999, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) www.norml.org
crafted a mission statement in the U.S. to repeal the prohibition of marijuana in favor of responsible use of cannabis by adults. The movement gained traction and 19 states now allow the use of medical marijuana with two states (Colorado and Washington) legalizing it for recreational purposes.
Last year, NORML-UK launched its own initiative to work toward these same goals across the pond www.norml-uk.org In May of 2012, more than 1,000 people attended a event in Cardiff to protest cannabis laws in the U.K. The group established this Mission Statement: “NORML UK seeks to gain recognition for the rights of people to peacefully pursue activities relating to cannabis without unwarranted intervention by the authorities.”
NORML-UK is headed up by Des Humphrey, a citizen who consumes cannabis for medical purposes. However, NORML-UK's “Freedom Charter” also promotes allowing the private use of cannabis for adults without persecution from law enforcement. As with the U.S. Chapter, NORML-UK believes cannabis should be taxed and regulated the same way alcohol is.
The NORML-UK website www.norml-uk.org offers news about cannabis legislation, information about medicinal uses of cannabis, and even a shop where people can buy NORML UK T-shirts and other products. In addition to the website, NORML-UK is using social networking such as Facebook to spread its message www.facebook.com/normluk/
I had the opportunity to work with Chris Bovey, the Treasurer and Webmaster of NORML-UK, on a promotion for my latest audio book, WHEN MARIJUANA AND REALITY TV COLLIDE . . . Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. Bovey was kind enough to post an informational piece about Yikes! on the NORML-UK website http://norml-uk.org/2013/01/audio-books-have-gone-to-pot/
In the coming weeks, free copies of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Books will be available to supporters of NORML-UK. Please visit www.norml-uk.org to find out more.