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NCJ Number: 157825 Find in a Library
Title: Rise and Fall of Norml as a Professional Social Movement Organization
Journal: International Journal on Drug Policy  Volume:2  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1990)  Pages:15-22
Author(s): R A Castro
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 8
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the activities of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) since 1971 concludes that since NORML was mainly a reactive organization, it was excessively vulnerable to external events and circumstances.
Abstract: NORML's activities between 1971 and 1978 represented the single most successful attempt in post-prohibition United States history to change policy parameters designed to control illicit drugs. However, NORML's standing as a politically active and effective organization declined significantly in 1978 after the founder's retirement. Although NORML has recently become politically reactivated, its contemporary media exposure has been comparatively limited. NORML's failure to become a permanently effective political entity is unsurprising, considering the changing social and political climate in the United States in the late 1970's, shifts in popular culture toward increased awareness of health issues, the multitude of negative events directly or indirectly related to NORML, and the competition between the proactive and reactive orientations of Families in Action and NORML respectively. Figure and 47 references
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Lobbying; Organization development
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