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NORML advanced to Round 2 of the Super Bowl contest! The next round will be selected on October 29th, so keep voting!
In light of their potential Super Bowl ad, we thought we’d share a little more information about the organization. NORML also happens to have a Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (“ending cannabis prohibition one Texan at a time”), so you should feel free to get involved with them if you’re interested.
As we mentioned before, NORML is a non-profit organization working to reform marijuana laws. They have regional chapters all over the nation, and their mission is to educate the public, serve as an advocate for consumers and lobby for reform legislature.
With their home base in Washington D.C., NORML was founded in 1970 with the hopes of giving responsible marijuana smokers a voice in the public policy debate. During its first several founding years, NORML led the efforts to decriminalize minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and lower marijuana penalties in all others. Today, NORML continues fighting to reform state and federal marijuana laws through voter initiative and through legislature.
In the midst of government anti-marijuana propaganda, NORML provides a reasonable perspective to national media and the public. They lobby in support of reform legislation, host an incredible website and an annual conference, and serve as the major national network of citizen-activists committed to legalizing marijuana.
Their sister organization is the NORML Foundation, which sponsors public advertising campaigns, provides legal assistance and support to victims of the current laws, and undertakes research. While gifts to NORML itself are not tax-deductible because they lobby for state and federal legislature, the NORML Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and those gifts are tax-deductible.
DFW NORML is an arm of NORML dedicated to legalizing marijuana in Texas. They support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, responsible adult use, and the production of industrial hemp. If you’re interested in checking it out, their next meeting is October 26 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Whiskey Girl Saloon in Fort Worth. Meetings are free and open to the public, and you don’t have to be a current member to attend. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or a schedule of events, visit www.dfwnorml.org. Maybe we’ll see you at a meeting!
What would make for a more interesting Super Bowl ad than beer? How about marijuana?
This year, we may actually see it happen. Intuit recently launched a competition offering small businesses the opportunity to win a professionally produced commercial during the Super Bowl. All it takes to become a finalist is gaining the most online votes, and right now, marijuana policy reform group NORML is in the lead.
NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 40 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. Their 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. NORML has regional chapters all across America, including a Dallas/Fort Worth chapter.
The contest will consist of several rounds and an Intuit staff selection, but winning this round will qualify NORML as a finalist. According to the Huffington Post, Intuit has expressed no bias against the reform group, commenting that they “have no stance on medical marijuana as a company. By design, we’ve had a diverse range of businesses entering Small Business Big Game and sharing their unique stories with the world.”
For more information, visit www.norml.org. To watch the entry and vote for NORML’s ad to run during the Super Bowl, visit https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/DC/NORML/385426.
A week ago today, the New Jersey State Assembly and Governor Chris Christie made some changes to the state’s marijuana laws.
The vote allows marijuana to be prescribed to children in medical form as long as two doctors sign off. Parental permission is required for edible marijuana to be made available to minors through tablets, capsules, drops or syrups. The new law also allows dispensaries to grow and sell more than three varieties of cannabis to patients.
What inspired such a change in New Jersey’s laws regarding children and medical marijuana use? The growing number of families speaking out about the positive impact it could have on children with epilepsy.
For years, children have been taught the dangers of marijuana use by teachers, parents, and lawmakers. Most express concern that marijuana kills brain cells, and will therefore stunt growth and harm IQ. Dr. Sharon Levy, pediatrician and addiction specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the Boston Globe that adolescents exposed to marijuana recreationally are often subject to mental health and thought disorders, as well as a lower long-term IQ.
However, for children suffering from epilepsy, leukemia, or other serious and painful illnesses, medical marijuana has been proven to ease pain, stop seizures, prevent nausea, and increase appetite. The magic ingredient here is CBD – cannabidiol. While THC is the main constituent of marijuana, CBD comes second at 40%. Most recreational marijuana users are looking for the high that comes with THC, but users in need of medical benefits look for a high CBD rate.
Doctors still aren’t completely sure why CBD works, although its medical benefits aren’t just psychological. But because steroids, chemotherapy, and other treatments can take such a toll on children (and adults), medical marijuana high in CBD and lower in THC seems to be an incredible and effective method.
NORML posted the following video from The Washington Post that explains more about medical marijuana use for children. Check it out! And we’ll continue to keep you posted on legalization information in the news.
Photo credit: HAILEY PHOTOGRAPH FROM SHANNON MAXIM (Source: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2013/07/13/what-every-parent-needs-know-about-medical-marijuana/grvvHf7VAsRYJaori70p1L/story.html)
Working at The Glass House is a dream job for all of us, and we know how lucky we are to do something we love every day. Supporting local glass artists and setting ourselves apart from the average smoke shop is something we work towards every day. But this is something we can’t do alone! We know we need the support of the community – that means you, our customers, as well as our local partners. That’s why we’d like to give a shout-out to our friends at Deep Ellum on Air (DEoA).
DEoA is a 100% volunteer internet-based broadcast company in Dallas/Fort Worth that began six years ago with founder Jedi Jantzen (or Jantzen Ray, if you must) playing around with internet radio on the weekends during his stint at the Jagger Show. Now, they feature 14 weekly shows and enjoy hundreds of thousands of listeners. But – they’re still completely volunteer-based and have to rely on outside funding to keep it all going.
If you’re familiar with DEoA, you know how active they are in the DFW community. They are extremely dedicated to revitalizing Deep Ellum, giving voice to local artists, musicians, comedians and businesses. DEoA considers itself a medium for an “artistic collective,” where entertainers can mix, mingle and gain the recognition they deserve.
Because it’s obviously a cause that’s close to our hearts here at The Glass House, we also appreciate that DEoA heavily supports the NORML movement, airing the Texas Legalization Report Show, advocating for the legalization of marijuana and working to fight the stigma attached to tokers. We’ve been thrilled to partner with them on several events, and they’ve been kind enough to come out and do a live show from The Glass House!
We had the pleasure of chatting with Jantzen recently, and asked him to elaborate on DEoA’s mission and vision. He spoke of “art” as visual art, music ranging from metal to hip-hop, comedy and entertainment in general. While Dallas isn’t a place that people necessarily associate with art, Jantzen and his crew want to change that by spotlighting the talent that comes out of the DFW area.
“We are 100% local music and local shows, and we are 100% community. We just want to help artists create and entertainers entertain. We are all about supporting independent artists,” Jantzen told us. “Eventually, we would love to have a community center where people and especially kids can interact with the artists. Kids need art to help them funnel their energy into something positive. To give them something hopeful.”
We’re excited about where Deep Ellum on Air is headed, and we hope you are too. Visit them at DeepEllumOnAir.com – and local artists, feel free to contact them with your work! And, as always, visit us on Facebook and tell us why you love being a part of the DFW community!
If we want to get cannabis legalized in the state of Texas, we are going to have to join together in a big Texas way. This coming weekend, June 7-9, is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the movement as well as experience the energy and opportunity created when people join together as a community for one cause and purpose.
Please join The Glass House at the Texas Regional NORML Conference (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) in Fort Worth. There will be amazing keynote speakers, workshops, a screening of the new film American Drug War 2, a hemp fashion show, parties, and so much more.
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