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R. Keith Stroup to step down as Head Exec of NORML
    #3553528 - 12/28/04 06:38 PM (12 years, 11 months ago)

(from an e-mail sent by NORML)

"December 27, 2004

Dear Friend,

As we approach the end of another year, I am writing to thank the tens of
thousands of supporters who have donated either money or time to NORML
over the last year. NORML is the marijuana smokers? lobby in America, and
but for your support, we would not have the ability to make our voices
heard in the public policy debate over marijuana policy. The organization
is truly in your debt.

I also want to thank those of you who have been NORML supporters over the
many years that I have had the pleasure of serving as the executive
director of this fine organization. Earlier this year I notified the board
of directors that I intended to step aside as the executive director at
the end of this year, and recommended that the board find someone younger,
with more energy and a fresh perspective to run the organization. My last
day will be December 31, after which I am happy to report Allen F. St.
Pierre will be taking the reigns of the organization.

Allen has been with NORML for 14 years, serving as the number two person
for much of that time. He is a dedicated, hard working, bright and
committed individual who has earned the right to take his turn at the
helm. I have depended on Allen for much of the work we have accomplished
during my second term at NORML, and I am confident his energy and new
ideas will provide a needed boost to the organization.

I would like to take this opportunity to urge each of you to make a
generous end of the year donation to NORML, to provide Allen with the
resources he will need to move forward in 2005. Our future lies with
younger leaders, and Allen is the perfect person to assume that mantle at
this time.

When asked about our major accomplishments over these many years, I am
most proud of the significant shift in public opinion that has occurred.
When we began this long journey in 1970, fewer than 25% of the public
supported the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana. Today,
according to a CNN/Time Magazine poll, 74% of the public now say a
marijuana smoker should not be treated like a criminal: no arrest, no
jail, and no criminal record! Three out of four Americans now agree with
our basic position that there is nothing wrong with the responsible use of
marijuana, and it should be of no interest or concern to the government.

Allen St. Pierre's challenge, with the help of all of us who want to
advance marijuana law reform, will be to find a way to transform this
public support into public policy. And with your continued support, I am
confident Allen will successfully lead us to that goal within a few years.

Please be generous as we approach this milestone in NORML?s long and proud
history. NORML does not have some billionaire to fund our work. We still
do it the old fashioned way; we earn our support in small donations from
individual concerned citizens. As a result, we truly represent the
interests of marijuana smokers.

If you smoke marijuana, or if you have friends or family members who
smoke, please help us change these unfair laws that resulted in the arrest
of more than 750,000 Americans last year. It is time we stopped arresting
marijuana smokers, and with your help, we will do that.

Please make a generous donation by visiting:

Once again, thanks for your support for all these years, and please now
give your full support to Allen St. Pierre, my friend and colleague who
will be running the organization as of January 1, 2005. Please make a
generous end of the year contribution to NORML today. If a tax-deduction
is needed, please make your donation to the NORML Foundation and we will
use your funding for educational purposes.

Again, you can make a donation by snail mail at the address below, by
calling toll-free 888-67-NORML or by visiting:


At the end of the day, we are all responsible for making this a better
world, one small step at a time. Support NORML and let's legalize the
responsible use of marijuana, once and for all.


R. Keith Stroup
NORML Founder

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