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by
Carly
Wolf,
NORML
State
Policies
Coordinator


January
9,
2020

2019
was
a
record
year
for
marijuana
reform,
with
more
NORML
chapters
holding
lobby
days
than
ever
before.
With
the
2020
legislative
session
already
in
full
swing
in
many
states,
NORML
chapters
across
the
country
are
organizing
lobby
days
to
advocate
for
sensible
reform
policies
in
their
state.
Here’s
what’s
currently
on
the
books
so
far:


Virginia
2020
Cannabis
Lobby
Day


On
January
13
,
Virginia
NORML,
along
with
eight
more
regional
NORML
chapters
will
lobby
state
lawmakers
in
Richmond
in
support
of
decriminalizing
minor
marijuana
possession.

Please
sign
up

in
advance
if
you
plan
to
attend!
Meetings
will
begin
at
9am.


Delaware
Citizens’
Cannabis
Lobby
Day
XXV


On
January
16
,
join
Delaware
NORML
at
10:30am
at
the
2nd
Floor
Senate
Hearing
Room

Legislative
Hall
in
Dover. We
need
the
61%
of
Delawareans
who
support
legalization
to
stand
with
us
to
end
cannabis
prohibition
in
the
1st
State.
Delaware
doesn’t
have
voter
initiative
like
the
other
states,
so
citizen
lobbying
is
the
ONLY
way
to
legalize
cannabis
in
Delaware.


Florida
NORML
Lobby
Days


On
January
16
,
Florida
NORML
chapters
will
head
to
Tallahassee (Florida
Capitol,
Third
Floor
Rotunda)
to
lobby for
marijuana
legalization
to
include
home
cultivation,
cafes,
cultivation
centers,
and
fair
and
equitable
business
entrance
fees.
Reciprocity
and
expansion
of
the
medical
marijuana
program
are
also
priorities
for
2020.


NORML
Women
of
WA
4th
Annual
Lobby
Day


on
January
20
,
Join
NORML
Women
of
Washington
for
our
4th
Annual
Lobby
Day,
at
the
State
Capitol
in
Olympia
at
9am. Meet
up
with
amazing,
passionate
women
from
across
the
state
and
engage
directly
in
democracy.

Please
sign
up

in
advance
so
your
meetings
can
be
scheduled
for
you.


2020
#MarijuanaJustice
Lobby
Days


On
January
28
,
The
Start
SMART
New
York
Campaign,
which
includes
several
NORML
chapters
across
the
state,
will
host
the
first
of
a
number
of
lobby
days
before
the
budget
vote
in
Albany.
Please
save
the
following
dates
if
you
want
to
join
the
campaign
up
in
Albany: February
12th,
March
24th.


Maryland
Cannabis
Policy
Lobby
Day


On
February
4
,
join
Maryland
NORML
in
Annapolis
to
lobby
for
cannabis
legalization
in
Annapolis!
Other
priorities
include
expanding
the
decriminalization
threshold
and
allowing
medical
cannabis
access
for
patients
at
school.


Patients
First:
Rallying
to
Fix
Medical
Marijuana
in
PA


On
February
5
,
Lehigh
Valley
NORML’s
fourth
MMJ
Patients’
Rights
Protest
will
take
place
in
Harrisburg.
For
this
protest
we
will
assemble
inside
the
Capitol
Rotunda
for
a
Rally
and
Lobbying
efforts.
This
will
be
the
next
effort,
fighting
for
patients’
rights.
They
intend
to
introduce
the
Patients’
Bill
of
Rights,
and
its
Legislative
supporters.


Cal
NORML
/
ASA
Lobby
Day


On
May
4
,
California
NORML
chapters,
along
with
Americans
for
Safe
Access
will
lobby
for
cannabis
reform
at
the
Capitol
Event
Center
in
Sacramento.


Other
tentative
lobbying
dates
:

Chicago
NORML
Lobby
Day
in
Springfield,
IL
February
4,
2020

Wyoming
NORML
Lobby
Day
in
Cheyenne,
WY
February
28,
2020


This
post
will
be
updated
as
more
information
becomes
available.

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