In existence since 1970, the NORML Foundation sponsors public advertising campaigns to better educate the public about marijuana and alternatives to current marijuana policy; provides legal assistance and support to victims of the current laws; and undertakes relevant research.
The Chicago chapter supports this mission and, strives specifically to educate and motivate communities of color to destigmatize and accept the cannabis plant as a vehicle for health & wellness, political, and economic empowerment.
Recognizing that although the cannabis culture was a large part of daily life in our communities but the cannabis industry was not, we took matters into our own hands. Our work is based on 4 basic pillars.
Our members are engaged with community leaders and fight for opportunities for the safe access to medical cannabis.
02. SOCIAL JUSTICE
Our members are abreast of local & federal measures and pending bills. We connect directly with lawmakers and are helping to shape discussions about cannabis rights.
03. INDUSTRY & CULTURE
Our members are immersed in and make strong connections in both the business and health & wellness communities.
04. PATIENT EDUCATION
Our members routinely host formal and informal education sessions in the communities where there is a need.
Marijuana has been used to disproportionally harm People of Color for decades through the War on Drugs and similar anti-working class programs. Chicago NORML is actively working to reverse the harm this malpractice has done in our communities.
Chicago NORML believes in empowering our communities through a fierce yet methodical approach and positively changing the culture of perception surrounding the legalization of Marijuana.
Chicago NORML believes in developing occupational standards, quality learning, and professional development for diverse groups.