About Mid-mo Norml
Founded in November 2014, Mid-Missouri NORML is an umbrella group for cannabis activists and adults who want to stay politically active. This group was approved by the National NORML board in early December 2014. Until this chapter was created, the only group aimed at reforming marijuana laws available to Mid-Missourians was MU NORML — a student chapter at the University of Missouri. Mid-Missouri NORML is proud to work together with the students of MU NORML but also provides an outlet to people of all ages who don’t attend the university. Our goal is to raise awareness of Missouri’s unjust cannabis laws, educate the public about cannabis — a wonderful plant many have been taught to fear — keep people up-to-date on the latest drug policy reform news and teach people how they can help legalize cannabis in Missouri. Every week, Mid-Missouri NORML’s officers and board members meet to brainstorm, discuss national and local updates within the cannabis community and plan future events. Interested in getting involved? Check out our Facebook page (Mid-MO NORML) or visit this web site for all the ways you can help to bring legal cannabis to the Show-Me state!
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Bylaws fo Mid-Missouri NORML
Article 1. Purpose
Section 1. This organization shall promote a better understanding of:
1a. the current statues of laws concerning cannabis (marijuana) in the state of Missouri and in the United Staes at large;
1b. The medical, legal, environmental, economic and civil libertarian arguments for more reasonable treatment of cannabis in the laws of the states and the United States and;
1c. The policy options for cannabis regulation as delineated in the NORML Official Policy Statement.
Section 2. This organization shall be affiliated with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuan Laws (NORML) in accordance with the guidelines enumerated in the NORML Activist Program and Affiliated Guidelines.
Section 3. This affiliate shall be commonly known as Mid-Missouri NORML, hereafter referred to as “the chapter.”
Article II. Membership
Section 1. The membership shall be divided into Board Members and associate members.
1a. Only individuals whose chapters dues are up to date or who have performed an agreed upon service in lieu of dues are considered eligible to become Board Members of the Chapter.
1b. All others interested in furthering the purpose of the organization, including paid members of the national organization who are not Board Members of the Chapter, may be associate members. Associate members shall not hold office, vote, preside, officiate or solicit funds on behalf of the Chapter without the consent of the board.
Section 2. The names of new board members shall be sent to the national office of NORML.
Section 3. Membership shall be divided into the following categories based on annual membership dues paid by the member.
3a. Basic ($20)
3b. Sustainer ($60)
3c. Friend ($120)
3d. Benefactor ($420)
Section 4. At then discretion of the Board Directors, special amenities, event discount, and promotions may be made available to sustainers, friends, and/or Benefactors
Article III. Board of Directors
Section 1. Members of the Chapter shall be eligible to serve as elected or appointed members of the Board of Directors. The minimum number of Board Members shall be five (5).
Section 2. Board Officers: The Board of Directors of the chapter shall nominate Officers of the Board of Directors for approval by the members. Only members the board of Directors may be Officers of the Board.
2a. Duties of officers of the Board of Directors
- I) These are descriptions of duties and are to be used as guidelines. There are no absolute and specific limitations or obligation of responsibility or authority. The Board and Officers shall act as a team and be ready and willing to share information and duties. Board members shall be cross-train and assist wherever possible.
2b.) President: Acts as primary spokesperson for the organization. The President presides at all meetings, and promotes an effective liaison with other organizations, politicians, the media, the public, and the national office of NORML.
2c) Vice President : Serves as Acting President when the President is unable to do so and assists the President with her or his duties.
2d.) Communications Director: Serves as administrator of online presence, such as web site, e-commerce, and Facebook/and/or other social media. Coordinates press releases, newspaper op-eds ad LTE, and assists President and Vice-President for media appearances.
2e.) Secretary: Keeps and safeguards memberships rosters, takes minutes of meetings, and is responsible for sending updates of the membership rosters, minutes from the meetings, newspaper clips, press releases, and send an annual report to the national office of NORML.
2f.) Treasurer : Maintains accurate financial records including accounting, banking, budget tracking for purposes of budget reconciliation of grant and gift funding as required and disbursements of funds. Accounting should include expense and income reports by category on a monthly, quarterly and yearly basis and as needed.
Section 3. All member-elected Officers serve for a term of six (6) months, beginning immediately following elections. Board -elected Officers serve until the next scheduled membership meeting.
3a.) After notice and hearing opportunity any Board Member or Officer may be removed for just cause by a supermajority of 65% of the Board presenting voting in the affirmative.
3b.) Two unexcused absences from scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors represent just cause for removal from the board. The Board Members in question shall be given the opportunity to speak and bring witnesses on her or his behalf prior to the vote being held. The Board Member subject to removal is not eligible to vote in matters relating to section 3.
Section 4. Filling Board Vacancies: Board Members may nominate candidates immediately or at the board meeting following the vacancy. Elections may also occur at this meeting or be scheduled for the first available opportunity . Candidates to fill Board Vacancies must be members of this organization and capable of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the position.
4a.) In the event that no candidate are nominated to fill a vacant board position, the Board may defer filling such vacancy until such time as a qualified candidate is nominated snf approved by a vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 5. The quorum for the Board of Directors to conduct business shall be a majority of currently seated directors, with am minimum quorum of three (3) members.
Article IV. Membership Meetings
Section 1. The organization membership will meet at least four times per year.
The Board shall be give members 30 days advance notice of the quarterly meeting by posting an announcement of the meeting on the official Chapter website.
1a.) The quorum needed for the general conduct of business is ten (10) percent of members or ten (10) members (including members of the Board of Directors present), whichever is fewer.
Article V. Voting
Section 1. Only members may vote. The quorum is ten (10) percent of members or ten (10) members (including the Board of Directors, present), whichever is fewer. The majority is fifty plus one of the members present.
1a.) Proxy voting by members shall be allowed upon Board approval.
1b.) No new member, who joins at a meeting, may vote at that meeting, but may vote only at subsequent meetings.
Article VI. Finances
Section 1. All funds are to be deposited and handled through a checking account at a reputable financial institution under the name of the chapter and maintained by the treasurer.
1a.) Each member shall pay dues, unless the Board of Directors, in extraordinary circumstances, waives dues. The annual dues amount shall not be excessive and will be determined by the Board.
1b.) Dues are not the sole conditions of membership, particularly in the case of financial hardship. Financial hardship shall be reviewed and approved by the officers. In these cases the member applying shall perform a mutually agreed upon service in lieu of cash dues. The service requirements shall not be excessive.
Article VII. Elections
Section 1. Nomination and elections for Board Officers and members shall take place during the membership meeting held in Spring and Fall.
Section 2. Election Rules:
2a.) The quorum to conduct nominations and elections is ten (10) percent of the membership or ten (10) members, whichever is fewer.
2b) The majority required to elect new Board members is fifty percent plus one of the members present at the meting.
2c) If fifty percent plus one of the majority is not obtained by one of the candidates, the candidate receiving the lowest number of votes shall be dropped from consideration, and the new membership will vote again. In the event that fifty percent plus one majority of the membership cannot be obtained by anyone, the voting will be postpones until the next meeting.
2d. Any member of the organization may nominate a member for a board position by raising her or his hand, and indicating such when regonized. Each member shall have one vote per Board vacancy.
2e.) At the discretion of the President, voting may be either by show of hands, voicing “aye” or “nay” or by written ballot.
Article VIII. Amendments
Section 1. Any Member may introduce an amendment to these bylaws at the conclusion of the meeting. The members shall vote on the amendment at the following meeting. If the Amendment passes, it will take effect following approval by the national office of NORML.
1a.) The quorum for an amendment is ten percent of the membership or ten (10) members, whichever is fewer. a two thirds majority of members present at the time of the voting is needed to amend the bylaws.
Article IX. Parliamentary Authority
Section 1. National NORML bylaws and “Roberts Rule of Order”, newly revise, by Sarah Corbin Roberts, shall be used in all cases not covered by these bylaws including but not limited to removal of officers from the board and/or expulsion of members.
Article X. Copies of Bylaws
Section 1. Copies of bylaws shall be posted on the Official chapter website, and made available to anyone upon request.