Hey everyone,

With our new regional charter and leadership board, NORML Memphis is poised to make unprecedented progress in 2017 – with our focus centered around the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act of 2017.

Fueled by the success of city council passing a decriminalization ordinance, our group has obtained a state nonprofit charter and will soon be registered as a 501(c)3 organization. This allows us to register members and accept tax-free donations.

This increase in our operational status and flexibility will allow us to be proactive, involved and more present in Memphis as we continue to push for decriminalization and eventual legalization of cannabis and marijuana in our community.

During the first week of January, the new board will meet, sign our revised bylaws and officially submit for our federal nonprofit status. On Sunday, January 8th, the board will visit Nashville for the Tennessee NORML meeting – making sure we are connected to operations on the state level.

During the transition, we have upgraded our NORML Memphis website, introduced new NORML Memphis T-Shirts, and begun work for our big push of 2017 – the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act.

If you are interested in learning more about the act, please meet with me and the new board at Midtown Crossing Grill on January 12th as we review the legislation and discuss our plans for the new year.

Our outgoing board and outgoing executive director John Marek, and our previous board members have fought hard to get to where we are today, and the new board is ready to build on their successes.

Sincerely,

Lee Otts