Last updated on: 1/29/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been part of humanity’s medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded…

Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief — particularly of neuropathic pain (pain from nerve damage) — nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant, specifically for patients suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, or dementia. Emerging research suggests that marijuana’s medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors and are neuroprotective.”

“Medical Use,” norml.org (accessed Mar. 26, 2018)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“NORML serves as an informational resource to the national media on marijuana-related stories; lobbies state and federal legislators to permit the medical use of marijuana and to reject recent attempts to treat minor marijuana offenses more harshly; and serves as the umbrella group for a national network of citizen activists committed to ending marijuana prohibition.”

NORML website (accessed Feb. 2003)

Mission:

“NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.”

Adopted by the NORML Board of Directors, Feb. 27, 1999

Other:
Non-profit 501(c)(4)
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?
  2. What Are the Differences between Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Sativa, and How Do They Vary in Their Potential Medical Utility?
  3. Can Marijuana Use Harm Male Fertility?
  4. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  5. Does Marijuana Use Significantly Impair Driving Ability Even When Not under the Immediate Effects of the Drug?