Welcome to NORML Appalachia of Ohio

We are a regional chapter of NORML, National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws, located in the state of Ohio. NORML has been making change for more than 50 years. We are a non-profit organization fighting to make a path to change for Cannabis.

Our mission is to move public opinion significantly to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible, adult use of cannabis is no longer subject to penalty. It is the opinion of this organization that the decision concerning the use of marijuana is an individual one and should not be dictated by law. We offer guidance, support, information, education, and exposure to the Cannabis Movement, and hope that you'll join us.

NORML Appalachia of Ohio's

Scheduled Monthly Public Meetings

We host a free public Regional Chapter meeting every month, on the second Tuesday of the month. We would like to invite you to come join in, share some of your ideas, and hear about what's going on with the chapter. You might even make some new friends.

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Location: Hunter Street Saloon, 885 W. Hunter St., Logan, Ohio

Dates: April 13, 2021

May 11, 2021

June 8, 2021

July 13, 2021

August 10, 2021

September 14, 2021

October 12, 2021

November 9, 2021

December 14, 2021

For More Information call 740-231-2472

News From NORML

Marijuana Decriminalization Qualifies For Local Ohio Ballot, With Activists Working To Secure More Measures

Marijuana Moment

Published May 21, 2021

By Kyle Jaeger

Ohio activists have qualified a measure to decriminalize marijuana to appear on a local 2021 ballot—the first of dozens of reform proposals that could go before voters this year as signature gathering efforts continue across the state.

The Hocking County Board of Elections certified on Wednesday that advocates had collected enough valid signatures to put the question of decriminalization before voters in Murray City. This is the latest development in a years-long grassroots push to enact the policy change at the local level while statewide efforts have stalled.

All told, 22 Ohio jurisdictions have adopted local statues so far that reduce the penalty for low-level cannabis possession from a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and a fine to the “lowest penalty allowed by state law.”

NORML Appalachia of Ohio and the Sensible Movement Coalition (SMC) have spearheaded the Ohio decriminalization movement. Activists expect to see more reform measures validated by boards of elections across the state in the coming days and weeks.

Signatures for an initiative in McArthur have been turned in and are expected to be validated soon.

Decriminalization efforts are also underway in Bellefontaine, Belmont, Bethesda, Bloomingdale, Bridgeport, Brilliant, Brookside, Chippewa Lake, Flushing, Gloria Glens Park, Holloway, Huntsville, Kent, Lakeview, Laurelville, Morristown, Mt. Pleasant, New Lexington, New Straitsville, Powhatan Point, Rayland, Rushville, Russell’s Point, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, Tarlton, Tiltonsville and Yorkville.

“The citizens have, through the use of a citizens’ ballot initiative, decided it is time for a change,” Don Keeney, executive director of NORML Appalachia of Ohio, told Marijuana Moment. “There two months left in this petition cycle so we plan to be very busy.”

The 22 jurisdictions where the activists have had past successes include major cities like Dayton, Toledo, Athens, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland—some of which passed voter-approved ballot measures, while others took action via city councils. Now advocates are aiming to more than double that total this year.

Reform groups had hoped to secure even more wins last year, but the coronavirus pandemic derailed many efforts. While four cities approved the policy change in 2020, advocates initially planned to target a total of 14 municipalities.

“Despite COVID-19 regulations, Sensible Movement Coalition and NORML Appalachia Ohio continue to educate local citizens about their right to home rule and sensible decrim,” Jolie Moyer and Pricilla Harris, who work with both groups, said in a joint statement to Marijuana Moment.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic setbacks, advocates sued the state last year, asking that they be allowed to gather signatures electronically. But while a federal judge sided with them in a May 2020 ruling, the decision was overturned by an appeals court the next month.

Activists had also hoped to place a marijuana legalization initiative on the statewide ballot last year, but that effort also stalled as the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting public health restrictions made signature gathering all but impossible.