NORML supports the right of adults to use marijuana responsibly, whether for medical or personal purposes. All penalties, both civil and criminal, should be eliminated for responsible adult use. Further, to eliminate the crime, corruption and violence associated with black markets that result from prohibition, a legally regulated market should be established where consumers can purchase marijuana in a safe and secure environment.
The NORML National Legal Committee (NLC) is a group of more than 500 attorneys including many top-notch criminal defense attorneys who focus on defending individuals charged with marijuana offenses. Attorneys on the NORML Legal Committee include not only marijuana defense attorneys, but also includes attorneys focused on other practice areas that are impacted by marijuana policy including cannabis business law, family law, employment law, health care law and other areas of civil law.
The NORML Legal Committee sponsors two legal seminars each year including one in Aspen in June and another in Key West in December..
The NORML Legal Committee's highest honor, the Al Horn Memorial Awards is a lifetime achievement award for advancing the cause of justice and extraordinary support of NORML.
Lawyer Legion maintains NORML's national lawyer directory on lawyers.norml.org. This directory features lawyers who are current members of NORML's National Legal Committee. Attorneys who are Lifetime Members are given higher placement in search results above regular members. For marijuana-related cases, including criminal defense and cannabis business law, Lawyer Legion recommends attorneys who are active with NORML. Use this directory to find a marijuana attorney in your area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.
The benefits of joining the NORML Legal Committee include:
The NORML Legal Committee maintains independent by receiving its funding from its members. The annual membership fees are $300 for private attorneys or $150 for public defenders or Criminal Justice Act (CJA) attorneys.
Members can support NORML and gain special recognition by becoming Lifetime Members by paying either a one time installment of $3,500 or by paying 10 installments of $350.
NORML's Aspen Legal Seminar
In June, attorneys on the NORML Legal Committee meet for a three-day CLE program in Aspen, Colorado. The seminar is held at The Gant which provides a variety of Colorado lodging accommodations including vacation rentals to private condos.
The Aspen legal seminar is fully accredited by all states that require Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.
NORML's Key West Legal Seminar
Each year attorneys on the NORML Legal Committee meet in Key West in December for a three-day legal seminar. This Legal Seminar occurs each year at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa on Duval Street in Key West, FL.
The Key West legal seminar is fully accredited by all states that require Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Members are able to spend time together in a relaxed environment while they learn more about defending marijuana case and those negatively impacted by misguided drug policies.