Saturday, September 10, 2005

NORML Announces New Video Blog Project

I recieved this e-mail from NORML director Allen St Pierre today:

September 10, 2005, Washington, DC: The National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), announces the NORML Video Blog,
( a FREE online international public
educational resource for the ever better organized marijuana law reform
and consumer community to showcase medical, industrial and personal use of

With this announcement, NORML’s Executive Director Allen St. Pierre
comments that “as the capabilities and availability of the Internet
progresses, NORML wants to ride this important wave of social, creative
and political entrepreneurialism that actively seeks bypassing traditional
media (i.e., newspapers, corporate wire services, network television and
radio, which largely support, or, in many instances, are paid clients of
the U.S. government’s anti-marijuana media campaign) and to demonstrate
strong public concern for continuing the practice of arresting,
prosecuting and in some instances incarcerating adult marijuana
FREE video hosting communities that have sprung up on the web over the
past six months will allow everyone with a marijuana story, a lament about
marijuana prohibition or a suggestion to America’s leaders to share it
with the world in a way that was not previously possible.

These sites include:


Volunteer contributors to the NORML Video Blog will data mine these
repositories as well as produce original programming. If you would like to
be a NORML Video Blog contributor, post a paragraph about yourself with a
link to your website, blog or videos in a comment of the most recent

Video Clips (2-7 minutes )

The Video Blog will showcase personal point-of-view stories, news reports,
cooking/how-to-shows, documentaries, music, art and educational

“During the summer, I shot a lot of video interviews and produced several
customer product testimonial videos seeking an organization that would
embrace video blogging and take it to the next level, “states Jack
Olmsted, NORML Video Blogger Coordinator. “The next level is to develop an
online video-on-demand syndicated channel that is distributed to Internet
TVs, PCs, PDAs, video iPods and cell phones and accessible to an
international audience anytime, anywhere. The management team at NORML has
the vision to step-up to the plate and be the pioneers in this emerging
communication, distribution frontier.”

-About NORML-
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.

Since it’s founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public
policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and
favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit
public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens
of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.

“For decades NORML has been hearing the sharp criticism of citizen
complaints that major media do not cover the failure and social costs of
marijuana prohibition—and in fact actively support this misguided and
expensive public policy. Now is the time and NORML stands ready to help
citizens and activists address the media’s abandoned but crucial role of
government watchdog regarding marijuana prohibition and alternative public
policies,” concludes NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre.


Jack Olmsted
NORML Video Blog Coordinator

Allen St. Pierre
Executive Director
NORML/NORML Foundation
1600 K St., NW
Ste. 501
Washington, DC 20006

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