Maryland NORML News

Maryland NORML News

It’s like your first 420 all over again.

This coming 420, Marylanders across the state will finally earn a well-deserved taste for what a proper marijuana holiday celebration feels like (in a "quasi" legal marketplace).

Now, yes...Maryland still doesn’t have recreational/adult use, nor do we have locations or regulations in place where we can enjoy the company of like-minded individuals and consume responsibly in public or private settings outside the home.

But, we still have SEVERAL REASONS to rejoice as Marylanders this year -

REASON 1 - Decriminalization for possession of marijuana has 
increased up to one ounce for adults.

REASON 2 - Arguably the most well-regulated medical marijuana industry in the 
country - employing hundreds of citizens and providing top quality 
medicine to thousands of patients across the state.

REASON 3 - An organically grown independent online community of cannabis 
enthusiasts and patient advocates that has already proven to have a 
loud voice when it comes to keeping the industry in check.

REASON 4.20 - We also still have Washington, D.C. just a hop, skip and a jump from many of us that live in the Free State. Their more liberal attitude towards possession and gifting makes it the perfect location for a 420 celebration this year... and what better place than the National Cannabis Festival on Saturday, 4/21 at RFK Stadium!

For the third year in a row, Maryland NORML will be there in full force! We will be there accepting donations, selling merchandise and educating and engaging with many of our local friends. We'd also love to meet folks stepping out of the canna-closet for the first time.

Because of the magnitude of this year being #1stMD420 we are encouraging the Maryland community of patients and responsible adults to meet by our table throughout the day. Get to know each other! Get to know us! We are a tight-knit bunch and Maryland NORML would be honored to serve as the neighborhood meeting grounds for Marylanders at the NCF!

And while you’re here (and donating), please consider becoming a member of Maryland NORML...and for this special 420 we ask that Maryland comes together with the rest of the country in support of H.R. 1227: The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act. Click here and let’s end federal marijuana prohibition now - http://norml.org/act>.

We'll see you Saturday, April 21st at the National Cannabis Festival!

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Today was a Good Day

History was made today as Maryland joined 28 other progressive and forward-thinking states in our union, along with Washington D.C., when the first medical marijuana dispensary in Maryland was finally open to the public and those with a doctor's recommendation were able to purchase legal medical marijuana. In the slowest roll-out in the country, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission was first established in 2013 and now at the tail-end of 2017 we have patients having access to quality medicine.

Although, there is cause for celebration, and well deserved after years and years of waiting, we here at Maryland NORML see this victory as a steppingstone to our true goal of legalization and the freedom for adults to consume cannabis for recreation, relaxation and whatever reason a responsible person see fit. There are also still battles that need be fought. Home cultivation, employee rights and insurance company participation - to name but just a few.

We are riding the high of legal medical marijuana this month as we prepare to take a huge jump forward for all Marylanders when we launch our 2018 #LegalizeMD campaign on December 14th at the Charles E. Miller Branch library in Ellicot City. We feel positive that 2018 will be the year that we will achieve legalization in the “Free State,” but we won’t be able to do it without your help.

Please join us for our special general meeting and don’t forget to donate, volunteer and sign-up to become a Maryland NORML member today!

 

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Maryland NORML - LIVE!

If you’re not following Maryland NORML’s page on Facebook you’re missing out on a constant source of exclusive information pertaining to medical and non-medical cannabis news on the federal, state and local level. On our FB page we cover burning marijuana issues, offer red-hot discussion and provide original commentaries and blazing media...and now, Maryland NORML introduces a new series of Facebook LIVE events that will let us engage with our members and the public far and wide on a more regular basis.

Legislative Analyst, Luke Jones will try and answer all questions that are posted during the Facebook LIVE videos while he brings up various topics and announcements to be discussed in real time.

Check out the inaugural Facebook LIVE video below and stay tuned to Maryland NORML’s Facebook page for our next event...

Be a part of the conversation!

 

 
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Expungement News!

As of October 1, 2017 there is a new law on the books that makes it possible for those with marijuana possession on their criminal record to have it removed! Maryland NORML suggests those that have been arrested and convicted of possession look into if they are eligible and how they can file the proper paperwork to complete the process. 

Get help here - http://www.mdlab.org/

 

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The time is now!

Maryland NORML joined National NORML and NORML chapters and marijuana activists from all over the country in Washington DC at the National NORML Conference and Lobby Day this week.  From presenting Senator  Rich Madaleno with a Vanguard Award for his efforts to legalize marijuana in Maryland  to meeting with Senator Cory Booker to discuss his bill to legalize federally,  Maryland NORML was proud to be a part of such an important gathering.

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Thank you!

We’d like to send a special shout out to those members, old and new, that came out to our “Cookout for Cannabis Reform” BBQ on August 20th at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithursburg, MD. A great crowd came out and showed their support to the both the medical marijuana and legalization efforts that Maryland NORML has accomplished and continues to accomplish.

Our free event was not only open to the public but even garnered some local press, as can be seen here –

http://www.localdvm.com/news/i-270/marijuana-proponents-hold-public-park-meeting/

 

 

 

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Did someone say pre-order!?

Maryland NORML would like to send a hearty congrats to the people at the Wellness Institute of Maryland for becoming the first dispensary in Maryland to be approved to open. While you still physically can’t get legal cannabis in your hand yet, you can do the next best thing by pre-ordering your medicine today! 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-first-marijuana-dispensary-20170705-story.html 

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Join the fight!

With the recent controversy surrounding legal issues tying up Maryland’s medical marijuana program, Jeff Sessions trying to stick his nose in patient’s medicine cabinets across the country and police officer justifying shooting an unarmed man because “he smelled marijuana,” makes us at Maryland NORML realize that there is still a big fight to be fought if we want to achieve our goals of medical and adult use cannabis in Maryland. We can’t do it without you and we need your support more than ever! Please donate and become a member today!

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Grow, baby, grow!

Maryland NORML would like to congratulate ForwardGro on being the first facility to be approved to grow medical marijuana in the state of Maryland! Best of luck, friends and we hope you will be providing quality medicine to the citizens of Maryland soon!

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/05/18/medical-marijuana-maryland/

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420 2017 is in the books!

Never before has the folks at Maryland NORML seen a 420 like the one we just had! For the holiday weekend, Maryland NORML made the jump to Washington, DC and enjoyed their more liberal policies when it comes to Cannabis. We want to thank our friends at the National Cannabis Festival and the DC Edibles Festival for a whirlwind of a weekend we won’t soon forget! Next year in Maryland, please! 

http://nationalcannabisfestival.com/

http://dc.ediblesfestival.org/

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