They Came to Change the Law: NORMLTN March Meeting at Sunset Grill

They Came to Change the Law: NORMLTN March Meeting at Sunset Grillmmj2013small

The March 2013 monthly meeting of NORMLTN featured about 30 new and returning activists willing to change the laws in TN. We heard from Rev. Aaron Colyer, founder of Tennesseans for Medical Canabis Now, who will visit several state legislators on Tuesday March 5th, MTSU student, Alex, working on showing the film, “Breaking the Taboo” at the college, and the comedian, Neal, who’s preparing a medical marijuana benefit show at The End April 9th and 23rd.

We also went around the room and heard from old and new members discussing why they’ve come. Answers ranged from vets who’d rather smoke for medical reasons than take pharmaceuticals with harmful side effects, to those who want the laws changed so they don’t have to fear persecution and risk losing job, house and freedom if they use marijuana.

We gathered suggestions for improvement, which included having minutes from previous meetings printed up and ready for the next meeting, developing our committee work and figuring out ways that the ‘silent army’ of marijuana users can support the work of reform.

We also heard updates on Marilyn and Jerry Campbell’s March 18th court trial with media interest from Jim Ridley of the Scene, and Kaye’s media preparation for her brother’s marijuana trial in Mississippi, ironically on that same date.

Exciting days are ahead as we approach Spring, the 4/20 celebration and our continuing education events, legislative visits and media outreach. We hope you’ll join us with your friends, your talents and ideas as we let people know it’s time for a positive change in TN’s marijuana laws!

Tell us what you’re willing to do to change the law in TN.

8 Responses to They Came to Change the Law: NORMLTN March Meeting at Sunset Grill

  • I want change Tennessee laws

  • Thanks for your service and commitment!

  • Thanks for keeping me informed. That’s a cool logo but shouldn’t Tennesse come up with its own logo?

  • i would love to get involved but i live in ohnsoncity and can’t make it to sunsetgrill and there isn’t a chapter in my area what can i do

    • connect through internet, find the closest chapter and communicate with them, show support with letters to the legislature and local chapters, occasionally we conference call from the Nashville chapter with core members, and occasionally national office has conference calls you can join in free. Good luck, keep the faith, together we are stronger than one person, but we have to keep the topic alive in our discussions and actions.

  • Many of us can only be with you in spirit due to our jobs/employer such as military, government employees, teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc. We are consumers, for varied reasons-be they medical, recreational, etc., who must remain in the shadows for self preservation. How can we maintain our anonymity yet still support the chapter? I’d love to come to a meeting, but I can’t risk disclosing my identity or speaking out publicly. It’s heartbreaking to say the least.

    • You can come to a meeting they are legal and open to the public. You do not have to use your real name, or use first name only, and if there are ever cameras there, either get behind the photographer, and or tell them you do not want your image used in any way.
      Channel 5 covered our 420 event, also open to the public and did not ask permission to photograph anyone, so the news view is if it’s public you’re fair game. We don’t often have photographers at our meetings, but just in case.
      We meet first sunday of every month at Sunset Grill in Nashville, 2pm. Come if you can, and stay connected with us anyway you can..
      together we are stronger than one person alone in changing these unjust and unfair laws.

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