National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) – For over 40 years, NORML has pursued public interest advocacy to change marijuana laws on a state and federal level. Their efforts take the form of lobbying, voter initiatives, and combating anti-marijuana propaganda.Salt Lake City NORML
P.O. Box 26351
Salt Lake City, UT 84126
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) – SSDP is an organization based on a grassroots movement of students across the nation. Their mission is to empower young people to participate in the political process as it relates to the war on drugs, including a sizable effort to reform marijuana laws.
SSDP, University of Utah Chapter – The goal of this chapter of the SSDP is currently to pass the “Good Samaritan Policy”, which would grant an individual amnesty in medical emergency situations of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose.
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) – The Marijuana Policy Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to removing criminal penalties for marijuana offenses. They also are focused on legalizing marijuana for medical purposes in each state.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) – LEAP is an organization founded by current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice field. They do not believe in the effectiveness of the current War on Drugs and work to speak out on the failure of current drug policies.
Marijuana to be Legalized in Utah? – Exclusive article dated September 28, 2010, about Rocky Anderson, Salt Lake City’s former mayor. Although the former mayor stopped just short of saying marijuana should be legalized while he was in office, he now publicly says it should be legalized in Utah and the rest of the country.
Utah Marijuana Penalties and Punishments on NORML Website – Read a summary of penalties and punishments for marijuana and cannabis crimes in Utah on NORML’s website. Compare those penalties to the rest of the country.
Utah’s Marijuana Threat Assessment – The threat assessment published by the National Drug Intelligence Center for nearly every jurisdiction in the United States, includes a page analyzing the threat to the state of Utah. Utah’s marijuana threat assessment includes statistics on abuse, availability, violence, production, transportation of marijuana to Utah and Salt Lake City, and distribution from criminal groups.
Utah and Medical Marijuana in 2011 – Article from the Marijuana Policy Project entitled “Utah adjourns its 2011 General Session; Medical Marijuana Patients Still Criminalized.” The article discusses the failure of Utah’s legislature to even consider legislation to legalize medical cannabis even through recent polls show that 81% of Americans support protecting medical marijuana patients.
Marijuana Anonymous – The Marijuana Anonymous organization is structured similarly to the respected Alcohol Anonymous model. Each meeting is organized and participated in by current or former individuals with marijuana addictions. Members share their stories of addiction and progress as they work through the 12 Step program for recovery.