FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Thursday, December 5, 2019)

 

Indiana NORML converts to 501 (c) (4)

 

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indiana Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, founded here in 1974, is officially operating as a 501 (c) (4) organization.

 

The not-for-profit conversion from a 501 (c) (3) to a (c) (4) comes 45 years after the organization was founded, and fundamentally changes the way the organization operates.

 

According to Indiana NORML charter member and Treasurer Steve Dillon, this organizational change is a big shift of effort from a mostly educational stance, to initiating more direct community influence and action.

 

“For decades we have been held to a mostly educational stance, and we have more than exceeded in that effort based on the current data of how much public support we have accrued in the state,” said Dillon. “However, our legislators have failed to heed the call over that time, and now we will get to become more direct in our influence.”

 

One noticeable difference in operations for the organization will be more community and legislative influence throughout the year. The organization can now lobby, support candidates who support better cannabis legalization efforts and freedoms, and outline where specific elected officials are seen as failing their constituents on cannabis reform.

 

“When civic organizations in this state have to stand up to represent the people better than the elected officials, something is terribly wrong with our legislature,” said Will Henry INORML Chairman. “The majority of our legislature has clearly ignored constituents on this issue, and we’re not going to let poor performances go unnoticed any longer.”

 

For more info about 501 (c) (4) organizations, please visit:
www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/other-non-profits/social-welfare-organizations

 

For questions or further comments regarding this release, please contact Indiana NORML at [email protected]

 

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