Founded in 1972, Cal NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, advocates for the rights of cannabis consumers in California. We are a nonprofit, membership-based organization offering both individual and business memberships. As the only state organization devoted specifically to marijuana reform for consumers, we lobby lawmakers; sponsor events; publish a newsletter and voting guides; offer legal, educational, and consumer health advice; and sponsor scientific research.
Through our website and telephone hotline, and at outreach tables at events, Cal NORML provides the public, press and lawmakers with accurate information on cannabis, the law, medical use, drug testing, and pending bills. In response to Cal NORML’s e-mail action alerts, our members and local chapters generate thousands of messages to state officials every year, and our annual Lobby Day brings scores of supporters to the Capitol in Sacramento to lobby on behalf of cannabis consumers and businesses. We also sponsor a yearly Legal Seminar to educate lawyers and others about current California laws and regulations, both criminal and civil.
In addition, we are a trusted resource for people looking for cannabis products and services in California, providing listings for doctors, lawyers, retailers and many ancillary services on CaNORML.org.
Since Prop. 64 passed in 2016, legalizing recreational marijuana for adult use, Cal NORML has been working with state regulators, the legislature, and local governments to resolve problems caused by costly new taxes and regulations, and a persistent shortage of legal outlets in many parts of the state. We advocated for a law, then a regulation, that allows cannabis deliveries across the state, and worked to amend packaging and testing regulations, and protect customers’ privacy.
Two of our current campaigns are: advocating for employment rights for medical marijuana users in California, and ending discrimination against pain patients and others who often denied medical treatment because they are using cannabis. We currently serve on the CHP Task Force on Drug Impaired Driving and on the board of California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.
Working in conjunction with the national NORML office, we lobby the California congressional delegation to protect state marijuana laws, de-schedule cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, allow banks to work with state-legal cannabis businesses, advance scientific research on cannabis, improve veterans’ access to cannabis, and protect gun rights for cannabis users.
NCIA members qualify for discounted business memberships at Cal NORML. Join today! http://www.canorml.org/NCIA_membership_special