Virginia NORML October 2018 Newsletter

Marijuana Midterms

NORML’s Smoke the Vote voter guide makes it easy to learn where the candidates on your ballot stand on federal marijuana policy before you head into the voting booth on November 6. For those of you in the Virginia House of Delegates 8th District, there’s also a special election to replace Delegate Habeeb. We’re always updating the guide with candidates’ statements, so if you happen to catch one that we haven’t, send it our way.

Take Action

Virginia wasted $81.2M taxpayer dollars on marijuana enforcement in 2016, and then arrested over 6,000 more people for possession in 2017! Tell your lawmakers you’re fed up with this outdated public policy that wastes resources. Write your lawmakers in support of Senator Adam Ebbin’s decriminalization bill, SB997, in under 30 seconds. It’s time for #FinesNotCrimes, Virginia!

Virginia NORML in the News

📻 Virginia Arrests for Pot Possession Rise 20 Percent

📺 Medical marijuana dispensaries picked by state board, what does that mean for patients?
WRIC 8News

📰 Medical cannabis dispensary to open in Staunton
Staunton News Leader

📱 Virginia is creating strict new CBD oil regulations. Why are health food stores and gas stations already selling it?
Virginia Mercury

Virginia NORML October Events

Roanoke Valley NORML October Meeting
Thursday, October 11, 7-8PM
The Green Goat
802 Wiley Drive Southwest
Roanoke, VA 24015
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

NoVA NORML Fall Social
Saturday, October 13, 4-6PM
Tysons Biergarten
8346 Leesburg Pike
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Virginia NORML Fall Social
Sunday, October 14, 2-4PM
Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
2930 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23230
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Winchester NORML October Meeting
Thursday, October 18, 6-8PM
Tropical Island Coffee & Cafe
39 W Piccadilly St
Winchester, VA 22601
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

Harrisonburg NORML October Meeting
Tuesday, October 23, 7-8PM
The Golden Pony
181 N Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
RSVP with your $10 suggested donation

The registration process for Virginia physicians, patients and caregivers is now open. The previously issued certificate is no longer available and is not sufficient for asserting an affirmative defense without registration. Patients and caregivers must receive a written certification from a registered physician in order to register for the program. Here’s what you can do now:

1. Find a registered physician

2. Share the Emerging Clinical Applications book with your own physician and ask them to register today

Until facilities are operational, patients must still take extraordinary measures to obtain oils from out of state. Of course, marijuana remains federally illegal making transport of any cannabis product across any state line illegal. To learn more about the program and for answers to frequently asked questions, check out the Virginia Medical Cannabis FAQs page or give us a call for more information.

Our work expanding Virginia’s medical cannabis program is nowhere close to done. We need to eliminate or raise the THC cap, add additional products like flower and lozenges, and allow for more facilities. If you’re ready to make sure we have a robust program with greater selection and access, it’s time to chip in. Together, we made history this session. We can’t stop now. Keep Virginia NORML in front of legislators year round with your donation.


Join the Revolution  

Become a card carrying member of Virginia NORML today when you join for only $25!

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Leaders Needed!

Are you ready to lead a chapter of Virginia NORML? Maybe you’re interested in serving on the Board of Directors? Submit your application now at

Do you have a few hours to spare during the week? Virginia NORML needs your help in our Richmond office. Volunteers should have a laptop and experience working in an office environment. We’ll put you to work mailing membership packets, organizing inventory, drafting documents and researching information.

Fall and Spring internships available! If you are college student or recent graduate interested public policy, government relations or nonprofit management, kindly email your letter of interest and résumé to [email protected].

Virginia NORML’s work is supported by thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth as we work to advance marijuana reform at both the state and federal level.

Can you kick in $25, $50 or $100 to help us keep going?

Have a question for Virginia NORML? Want to host an event in your town? Drop us a line at [email protected], message us on Facebook or give us a call Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm at 804-464-7050.