Louisiana gets NORML

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... The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, that is, complete with a cannabis-cradling crawfish logo (see below).

The national chapter was founded in 1970 to lobby support for an end to marijuana "prohibition" and to decriminalize and eventually legalize pot. The state chapter, based in Bossier City, launched this year. In August, NORML Louisiana's funds were emptied after treasurer Donnie Griffith's NORML bank cards were stolen. NORML Louisiana executive director Robert Delaney said in the statement, "We are essentially broke." (The state chapter lowered its membership fee to $10 from $25, which includes a year's membership to the national organization.)
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A New Orleans sub-chapter, NORML New Orleans, will hold its first official meeting next week — 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 at Hey! Cafe (4332 Magazine St. — email NORMLNOLA@gmail.com to RSVP). The group's Facebook page has 223 fans.

Louisiana chapter's board of advisors includes: William Rittenberg of Rittenberg & Samuel, medical marijuana activist J.F. Oschwald, Brett Malone of Shreveport's Philadelphia Center (an HIV/AIDS resource center), New Orleans neurologist Jomar s. Robert I, and Russ Belville.

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