The Charlotte Regional chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is a non-profit organization.
- Our membership supports the right of adults to use cannabis responsibly, whether for medical or personal purposes.
- We seek to MOVE PUBLIC OPINION through public education and public outreach.
- We act by SPEAKING FOR CONSUMERS to assure legal access to high-quality herbal remedies that are safe, convenient, and affordable.
- We assert all CIVIL AND CRIMINAL PENALTIES IN NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD BE ELIMINATED for responsible use of cannabis.
- Our public policy position favors LEGALLY REGULATED MARKETS and the legalization of INDUSTRIAL HEMP.
You are encouraged to take action. Please call your legislator today, and join Charlotte NORML in the fight against injustice.
Our Current Goals
Build this website to educate the public. Increase membership. Change North Carolina and the world.
Here’s One Example
Consistent with our Mission Statement, Charlotte NORML develops education campaigns capable of making tangible progress towards providing the public with fact based information, so they may form their own their own opinion about Cannabis.
For example, we believe that if the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and its municipalities can successfully pass resolutions moving marijuana prosecutions to the lowest possible priority of law enforcement, then we can send a loud and clear message to our legislators in Raleigh and throughout North Carolina.
Our core missions includes the development of regional presence by growing our membership of citizen activists who may operate with relative autonomy, crafting and working to develop campaigns with the guidance, direction, and approval of the Charlotte NORML Board of Directors.
Benefits of Marijuana Legalization
The United States would save approximately $7.7 billion per year in state and federal expenditures on prohibition enforcement.
-Professor Jeffrey A. Miron, The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition.
- The United States would gain approximately $2.4 billion in tax revenue annually if it were taxed like most consumer goods and $6.2 billion if it were taxed like alcohol or tobacco
- Medical marijuana patients would no longer suffer legal limbo or social stigma from using marijuana to treat nausea from chemotherapy, chronic pain, or other conditions.
- Infringements on civil liberties and racial profiling would decrease, since victimless crimes are a key cause of such police behavior.
- Quality control would improve because sellers would advertise and establish reputations for a consistent product.
- Legalization would decrease the corruption that currently characterizes marijuana markets. In underground markets, participants cannot resolve disputes through non-violent mechanisms such as lawsuits, advertising, lobbying, or campaign contributions. Undesirable features of “vice” markets disappear when vice is legal, as abundant experience with alcohol, prostitution, and gambling all demonstrate.
- Usage rates of marijuana are unlikely to increase if marijuana were legal. Across countries, use rates for marijuana show little connection to the strictness of the prohibition regime. The Netherlands has virtual legalization, for example, yet use rates do not greatly differ from those in the United States. Portugal’s de facto legalization of marijuana in 2001 did not cause any measurable increase; indeed, use was lower afterward.
- Enforcing the prohibition of a non-toxic plant that increases self-awareness (according to federally funded studies) is a misguided policy and unnecessary injustice.
- The benefits of marijuana use far outweigh the undesirable effects. In the first federally funded study of marijuana effects, the report concluded “less than 10 percent of the effects of [marijuana] intoxication investigated in this study seemed unequivocally ‘undesirable’ in nature, and these effects were primarily infrequent and rare… The pleasure of intoxication far outweigh the drawbacks in reports of experienced users.”