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Maryland Marijuana Legalization today

25 Feb
Maryland NORML invites you to the Maryland State Senate at 12 noon, 111 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Senate Bill 658, which is aimed to tax and regulate marijuana in Maryland, is set for a hearing on February 25th and we need your help!
We want you to come to Annapolis with us dressed to impress and show your support for legalization in Maryland. This is going to take ALL of us to make this happen. We need to show our representatives that we have had enough and it’s time for change.

Again, please DRESS UP nicely and bring government-issued identification (driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport, etc.) as you will be inside a government hearing. Legislators will take note. Also, wear something green to show your support (no pot leaves, please).

For anyone wondering what’s actually in Senate Bill 658, here is a summary of this year’s Senate Bill 658/House Bill 880, the Marijuana Control Act of 2014:

For anyone who wants to read the COMPLETE text of the Marijuana Control Act of 2014, you can here: (Senate Bill 658)
OR (House Bill 880)

Libertarian calendar for the rest of July

19 Jul

Washington, D.C.

The Korean War, Sixty Years On: Whither the U.S.-South Korean Alliance and Relations with North Korea

Policy Forum

July 19, 2013 12:00PM

Hayek Auditorium
Featuring H. E. Ahn Ho-Young, South Korean Ambassador to the United States; Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; and Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Author of Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World; moderated byChristopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
The Korean War ended six decades ago, but so far hopes for reform and liberalization in North Korea have been frustrated. On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S. will address the future of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, which also turns 60 this year. Two Korea experts will follow with commentary on relations between Washington and Seoul, as well as appropriate policy towards Pyongyang. Should America pursue more intense involvement or turn the North Korean “problem” over to its neighbors, including China?
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Attend in Person

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Luncheon Included
Washington, D.C.
 NORML Happy Hour
6:00 pm
Town Tavern
2323 18th Street NW

(Abnormal people welcome)

It’s that time again, we are hosting another NORML night at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan (DC) on Friday, July 19th!

With a $5 donation to NORML at the door, you will receive mixed rail and domestic bottle drinks specials for $3 from 6-9 pm. We will have trivia and raffle drawings with chances to win special NORML merchandise!

You will also get the opportunity to meet the nation’s leading marijuana law reform activists, including NORML’s Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre, Founder Keith Stroup, NORML Women’s Alliance Founder, Sabrina Fendrick, Communications Director Erik Altieri, and Membership Coordinator Jil Staszewski.This is a great opportunity to meet like minded people in the area so please share this event with other activists who might like to join!

***NOTE: We encourage our guests to please be responsible and sensible, and to utilize public transportation. If a cab is needed, you may contact the Yellow Cab Company of DC: (202) 546-7900. Additional contact information will be provided at the event.***


Washington, D.C.


Rise of the Warrior State with Radley Balko
    • 6:30pm until 8:30pm

  • Join the DC-area staff of Reason and Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” at H.R. 57 in Washington, DC on Monday, July 22 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

    We’ll be celebrating the release of “Rise of the Warrior Cop” at H.R. 57, D.C.’s only non-profit center for the preservation of jazz and blues with live music from The Cold Stares. Balko will be on hand to discuss his new book and answer your questions.

    What: Book Party with Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces”
    When: Monday, July 22 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    Where: H.R. 57, 1007 H St. NE

    Questions? Please contact


Washington, D.C.

1606 20th Street Northwest Washington, DC
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  • Join America’s Future Foundation and Young Britons’ Foundation in a Transatlantic Toast to Liberty!

    Meet liberty-minded colleagues from Britain during their annual visit.

    Catch up with AFF friends new and old

    Young Britons Foundation is the leading organization promoting the ideas of liberty to students and young people in the UK. Each summer, it brings a delegation of its student leaders to the U.S. In proper fashion, we would like to bring us together on common ground and drink to our common ideals. Come and make a transatlantic toast to liberty!

Washington, D.C.

  • Do you think you’re smart stuff?

    Who coined the term “creative destruction?” Leonard Read published what famous essay in the December 1958 edition of “The Freeman?” Which amendment protects Americans from the forced quartering of soldiers?

    Do you know the answers? Test your knowledge against your friends at Liberty on the Rocks trivia night!

    Happy hour will start at 6:00 PM and trivia will start at 7:00 PM. Teams will consist of 3-6 players. $5 cost per team to play. If you don’t have a team, we will help to form teams that night! You can be 18+ years old to play, and 21+ to drink.

    Winning team will receive a $50 Visa gift card!

    It’s time to get competitive so form your teams wisely and start brushing up!

    Mackey’s is conveniently located on 1823 L St, just a couple of blocks from Farragut West (blue and orange) and Farragut North (red) metro.

    Drink specials: $3 Miller and Coors light; $4 Sam Adams, Heineken, Yeungling, Leinenkugel, Anchor Steam, Dos Equis, Amstel; $4 rail, house white and red wine. Happy hour prices for selected appetizers.

Washington, D.C.
Hunter Patterson, Libertarian Stand Up
The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Avenue NW

  • Come see new and improvedish Hunter try stand up again. I’ll be doing mostly new material that probably won’t involve any cursing.

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August 4

 19(8/4) Day!

 Being planned

August 4th is being called “1984 Day” or “19(8/4) Day,” meant to be a play on the novel 1984 and the date. Like those held earlier this month, this will be a set of simultaneous nationwide events, except we won’t market them just as “protests” but instead emphasize the variety of the ways we’ll be promoting action against unconstitutional surveillance.

Many local organizations already went ahead with plans for rallies/protests on August 4th, but in DC, we wanted to do something fun. Here are some fun, lighthearted activities we can do on 1984 day.
Event Ideas:
•             Host “group learning events” based on teaching each other and the community how to use technology (e.g. encryption) to avoid surveillance. The folks over at Prism Break have focused on personal avoidance of surveillance and you could consider helping others do the same.
(AKA Crypto- Parties.. Just a side note- I am well-versed in this subject and would not mind hosting one for interested parties outside of the scope of 1984 day as well)
•             Reserve time at a local art house theater and host a showing of relevant films. (Kind of like what MOCO did the other day!)
More Light-Hearted Local Activities:
•             Host a fun run or bike ride or similar event, like many charities host to promote their cause. This might be especially effective in communities where such events are already a common way the community comes together.
•             Get a local radio station to a host a scavenger hunt for Rt4. Items include pictures of security cameras, Verizon trucks, government plates, etc. (I really love this!)
•             Get together to use costume and street theater. Some local organizers, like those in DC, will be encouraging people to dress up like a spy (or how people might imagine one to look). Participants could go about a normal day like this and, when questioned on it, spread awareness and literature. You could also engage in other activities to draw attention, like those in the next section…
Costume, Street Theater and Exhibition
•             Urban Drive-In: using projectors, set up a video anti-NSA playlist in a public place (gain permission from business owners to use their wall).
•             Pretend you work for the NSA and stand on a street corner reporting on people’s activities (loudly) into a non-operating headset.
•             Carry around a non-operating mic with “NSA” written on it and pretend to record people.
•             Just walk around or go door-to-door asking what people know about the NSA and the scandal, with some sort of interesting addition (free candy, buttons, etc) so we are remembered.
This sort of thing can up being just awkward if not pulled off carefully and with confidence, so make sure you’re well-prepared and take lengths to avoid annoying people.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Best Regards,
Andrea O’Neill
Restore the Fourth DC
PH: 540-993-8407

If anyone is interested in hosting a film and discussion — I am happy to lend my copy of War on Whistleblowers  — it is a good film.

another idea i can offer is to host a FOIA (freedom of information act) party — it’s a program we did a few years ago but haven’t pushed it much recently, but we have a bunch of resources, template letters for people to submit FOIA requests to the various agencies.  right now it’s archived on our old website:  It’s an activity that can be included with a movie or discussion.


Sue Udry
Executive Director
Defending Dissent Foundation

Northern Virginia NORML tonight

6 Jun
  • Northern Virginia NORML
    4238 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington, VA

    Our guest speaker for June is criminal defense attorney and NORML supporter Chris Leibig. The Law Office of Christopher Leibig has been consistently recognized as a top criminal defense law firm throughout the DC area and Virginia. The firm handles primarily serious felony cases in state and federal court. Chris has represented hundreds of clients charged with drug offenses, and appeared regularly in state and federal courts on these matters. He is a member of the Legal Committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and on the Board of Directors for the Virginia chapter of that organization. In 2007, Chris handled the first so-called “marijuana kingpin” case in Virginia history. The Virginia Drug Kingpin statute, Va. Code 18.2-248 (H)(2), carries a mandatory life sentence for a defendant who is the leader or organizer of a drug operation of a certain size. After nearly two years of litigation, the defendant in that case was sentenced to less than three years to serve. Chris has also written published articles and spoken to groups about defense of marijuana and other drug cases.

    So it’s time to get involved! Bring a friend or two! Spread the word – all are welcome. The meeting is open to the public.

4238 Wilson BlvdArlington, Virginia 22203

NoVa NORML meets

7 Feb

  •  TBD in Northern Virginia
  •  Plan ahead!! Our guest speaker in February will be 
  • Howard Wooldridge of Citizens Opposing Prohibition. 
  • Howard spent 18 years as a cop in Michigan before he 
  • began promoting an end to the War on Drugs. In 2002
  •  he and four colleagues founded Law Enforcement Against
  •  Prohibition, serving on the Board of Directors from 
  • 2002 – 2008. Howard has testified before state committees
  •  in Annapolis, Richmond and Austin. He represented LEAP in 
  • Washington, DC from 2005-2009. His organization provides 
  • the only full-time law enforcement/police voice in the US 
  • Congress in opposition to Drug Prohibition. COP is unique, 
  • as it makes presentations to every Congressional office
  •  every year, including ours.

    So it’s time to get involved! Bring a friend or two. Exact

  •  location of the meeting will be announced as the date draws 
  • nearer. Fellowship will begin at 7:30pm, meeting is from
  •  8-9pm, then we have plenty of time to socialize. Lots of 
  • Cannabis-friendly folks to meet with and get involved in 
  • moving Virginia in the right direction. All are welcome!!
  •  Invite your friends!