Virginia NORML August Update

August is here and though summer is winding down, Virginia NORML is swinging into action. This month we’ll focus on letter writing to lawmakers and commissions in support of common sense marijuana policy reform. We’re gearing up for our national conference and lobby day in September, relaunching our Hampton Roads chapter, and celebrating two successful years in Culpeper County. Now with seven events happening around the state every month, there are more opportunities than ever for Virginians to actively support reform in their neighborhoods.

The Virginia State Crime Commission is conducting a study on decriminalization. Please take action today and submit your public comment using this link. Your email will be delivered directly to the VSCC from your email address. You may include your own message as well or in place of the pre-filled text. Be sure to stick to support for decriminalization, as that is the scope of this specific study. Using the provided link allows us to track the number of submissions. Generating as many support statements as possible is critical, so please encourage your friends and family to submit theirs as well. 


NORML affiliates around the country are preparing for our national conference and lobby day by writing their members of Congress to support sensible federal reform. Our Roanoke Valley chapter will host a letter writing event, and you can join in from the comfort of your own home by printing, signing, and mailing the CARERS Act and Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act letters to your representatives. Be sure to include your voting address and address the letters accordingly.


Virginia NORML is excited to announce the relaunch of our Hampton Roads chapter! Join us in Virginia Beach at the kick off event for light refreshments, networking with community leaders, candidates and legislators, and a presentation on how we’re working together to effect real change in the 2018 General Assembly. 


Congratulations, Culpeper County NORML on your second successful year! Our Culpeper County chapter was launched in 2014 and has been a local media sensation from the start. Celebrate with us in historic downtown Culpeper, where we’ll enjoy birthday sweets and treats, community networking, raffle off some fun NORML merchandise and toast to their continued success.


September is a crucial time for reform advocates to meet with their representatives and push for measures that will protect medical and legal marijuana states from potential DOJ intervention. NORML has some of the best activists in the country, well prepared to take our message of reform directly to Congress. Please, join us in Washington, DC for the 2017 NORML Conference and Lobby Day, September 10-12.

On Sunday night, the DMV NORML Coalition, composed of Virginia, Maryland, and DC NORMLs, will be hosting a welcoming reception and networking party. Monday will be a full day of panels and keynote speeches from leading activists, academics, and elected officials - with a fun Prohibition Era themed NORML party that evening. Tuesday, we’ll descend on the Hill and meet with our members of the Senate and House to advocate for reform, before reconvening one final time to trade war stories and celebrate our progress. Early bird pricing is still available. Reserve your tickets now!


August Events


August 5th at 10pm
8 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
August 8 at 7pm
Northside Library
705 W Rio Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
August 10 at 7pm
Corned Beef & Co.
107 S Jefferson St.
Roanoke, VA 24011
Hampton Roads NORML
2017 Kick Off
August 15 at 6pm
Commonwealth Brewing Company
Corduroy Room
2444 Pleasure House Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Lobbying to Change Our Laws
August 20 at 6pm
Bungalow Sports Grill
7003 Manchester Blvd
Franconia, VA 22310

August 22 at 7pm
241 E Market St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
August 23 at 7pm
301 S East St.
Culpeper, VA 22701

The suggested donation for all Virginia NORML monthly events is $10, and we appreciate your generous donation in any amount. Tickets may be reserved by making your donation through our Tickets page.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Virginia NORML is here to help. Please contact us M-F 9am-6pm at 804-464-7050 or email [email protected].

Yours in reform,
Virginia NORML