Create a Local Chapter


Local Legalization Efforts Are Critical to Strenthen Public Support and Protecting Consumers

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Your efforts at the local level to reform marijuana laws are very important. NORML has an extensive network of citizen-advocates around the world working to end marijuana prohibition and stop the criminalization of responsible consumers. 

Kansas NORML is the state level chapter of NORML for Kansas. We support local efforts of our activists and local chapters to affect change in local and state marijuana laws.

Your willingness to support NORML at the local level is greatly appreciated. It’s important that your NORML chapter concentrate locally, organize from the municipal level and coordinate with the state and national level. Working together, we’ll end prohibition once and for all.

Those wishing to start a NORML affiliate chapter must submit the following application. No group or organization is authorized to act as an affiliate, to establish websites or social media presences, or to publicly include “NORML” in their name, until the application has been approved by NORML and the chapter has fully executed the Letter of Affiliation issued by NORML. Questions regarding the affiliation process should be directed to

Please be sure to reach out to us at the state level so we can help you through and begin coordinating our efforts. Contact our director at

Guidelines for Affiliation with NORML

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a nonprofit corporation chartered in the District of Columbia and authorized by the IRS to operate as a 501(c)(4) public-interest lobby. NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable. Learn more about NORML.

The following guidelines outline the basic criteria applicants must meet to qualify for affiliation with NORML, including the use of “NORML” in the affiliate’s name.

  1. The group applying for affiliation must include at least (4) individuals with NORML memberships for the current calendar year.
  2. Once approved, the applicant group must form a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, adopt articles of incorporation and bylaws, register with the secretary of state (or other appropriate state office), and follow all state laws and regulations governing the operation of nonprofit corporations.
  3. The group must agree to conduct organizational business in a manner prescribed by state law for nonprofit organizations, including the holding of at least (4) quarterly board meetings per calendar year, the keeping of board meeting minutes, and the holding of regular elections as required in the bylaws. Affiliates are required to provide this documentation to NORML, including the names of and contact information for newly elected board members.
  4. The group must agree to pursue a program intended to educate the public; lobby local, state and federal officials; or otherwise build support for ending the criminal prohibition of cannabis and the arrest of responsible consumers.
  5. The group must agree to operate in a professional manner and to avoid activities that would bring disrepute or otherwise harm NORML and its reform efforts. This includes the sale or distribution of cannabis, cannabis products, “CBD” products, and cannabis seeds (other than sterile hemp seeds). 
  6. Guidelines for NORML affiliate chapters in states that have legalized the sale and/or use of cannabis.
    1. No entity distributing cannabis, whether a cooperative, a collective, a nonprofit, a for-profit, or any other entity, may serve as a NORML affiliate chapter, nor may the NORML name be used by any entity distributing cannabis.
    2. A majority of the board of directors of any NORML affiliate chapter must be composed of individuals who are not principals, board members or employees of any entity distributing cannabis.
    3. NORML affiliate chapters must establish and maintain an address separate from any entity distributing cannabis. NORML affiliate chapters may conduct meetings at the location of an entity that distributes cannabis, only if the entity is not conducting business during NORML affiliate chapter functions. Any entity providing meeting space for a NORML affiliate chapter shall close one hour prior to the NORML affiliate chapter meeting or function and shall remain closed for one hour after the meeting or event has ended.
  7. Every NORML affiliate chapter is required to make an annual donation to NORML.
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