NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) finally has an El Paso chapter and their first meeting is Saturday!

The first meeting of the El Paso NORML chapter takes place Saturday (1/11/14) at the Hilton Garden Inn on W. University Ave.  Meeting starts at 10:00am, NORML personnel will be there at 9:00am to meet people, answer questions and sign up new members. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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A number of guest speakers will be on hand including State Senator Jose Rodriguez, U. S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke.  Native El Pasoan and DFW NORML chapter founder Ryan F. Rodriguez will be there as well as David Sloan. (DFW NORML Public Information Officer and Criminal/Defense Attorney)

Richard "Kinky" Friedman, the Democratic Candidate for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, will also be on hand!

According to an email from NORML of El Paso, the groups 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.

The first laws prohibiting the use/possession of marijuana went into effect in El Paso and that is where they hope to end them as well.  To contact EP NORML Executive Director Colt DeMorris or NORML Director Of Communications Josh Dagda, call Josh at (915) 926-0910 or email