Dear NORML Supporter:

I want to wish you a happy holiday season, and I am pleased to make a major announcement!

NORML's board of directors recently voted overwhelmingly to appoint Allen F. St. Pierre as NORML's next executive director. Allen is replacing NORML's legendary founder and executive director R. Keith Stroup who announced his resignation effective at the end of the year.

Briefly put, Allen St. Pierre has worked longer, harder and smarter than any employee in the organization's storied 34-year history. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Legal Studies, Allen was recruited away from a major Washington, DC law firm by NORML in 1991 to help right America's most famous marijuana law reform organization which had fallen on hard times, both politically and financially.

As a long-serving NORML board member I came to understand Allen's commitment to NORML and marijuana law reform in the summer of 1992 when he, amazingly, as NORML's only employee, ran the entire organization by himself for four months. Even during this difficult period in the organization's history, the organization continued to fully function serving the general public, legal advocates, media, policy makers, NORML's members and chapters.

Frankly speaking, as my fellow board member and Missouri NORML coordinator Dan Viets often reminds audiences at NORML's functions: There simply would be no NORML today without Allen's presence and dedication to the organization and the marijuana law reform movement.

Comfortable in hemp apparel as he is in Harris Tweed, necessarily, Allen has one foot in the button-down world of NORML's K Street environs and the other in a muddy, rain-soaked hemp rally. Serving as the organization's archivist and chief information officer since 1991, Allen's forgotten more about marijuana and marijuana policy than most scholars will ever know about the subject matter. Allen is generous with his time and knowledge, regularly providing valuable assistance to scholars, students, and activists.

Allen has traveled the United States, Canada and Europe effectively and passionately advocating for marijuana law reform; lectured and debated at dozens of major universities; spoken at nearly every major (and minor) drug policy reform rally or conference; served as chief editor for all of NORML's publications, reports and webpages. Allen has faithfully and professionally represented NORML, marijuana consumers and marijuana law reform, over 4,000 times in the major media since 1991.

Serving as the founding executive director of the NORML Foundation since 1997, Allen St. Pierre was the board's first, and only, choice to replace NORML's founder R. Keith Stroup. Allen assumes the position of executive director of NORML on January 1, 2005.

I want to remind you that being the executive director of NORML is one of the most challenging and important public interest leadership positions in Washington, D.C. Even with Allen's formidable skills, he can't champion the ultimate marijuana law reform changes we all want to achieve without receiving a steep increase in financial support. Folks like you and me are needed to fuel NORML's continued growth in public services and scope of political influence.

Please make a generous and charitable gift to NORML (if you want a tax
deduction, please make your gift to the NORML Foundation) in support of Allen's important work on the behalf of NORML's supporters, criminal defense lawyers, friends of freedom and marijuana producers & consumers.

To make a donation to NORML or the NORML Foundation and receive a premium supporter's gift, please visit:
http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6371

There is more public support now then ever before to legalize marijuana--let's give Allen and the national offices' staff all the resources necessaryto succeed in effecting positive and lasting changes in America's (andtherein the world's) marijuana policy.

I want to thank you for all your past support which has nurtured and
empowered NORML/NORML Foundation to be the world's oldest, largest, mostrespected and trusted marijuana law reform advocacy organization.

Again to make an end-of-the-year donation:
http://www.norml.org/index.cfm?Group_ID=6371

Yours in Liberty,

Stephen Dillon, Esq.
Chair, NORML Board of Directors

*NORML Board of Directors*
Steve Dillon, Esq., Chair (IN NORML)
Dale Gieringer, Ph.D., Vice-chair (California NORML)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D. (MAPS)
Ann Druyan (Film producer, Cosmos Studios)
Barbara Ehrenreich, Ph.D (Author and commentator)
Nancy Lord Johnson, MD, Esq. (1992 Libertarian Vice-Presidential Candidate)
Norman Elliott Kent, Esq. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Paul Kuhn (Nashville, TN)
George Rohrbacher (Cattle Rancher)
Christopher S. Mulligan (Washington, DC)
Allen F. St. Pierre (Director, NORML Foundation, Washington, DC)
Jeffrey Steinborn, Esq. (Seattle, WA)
R. Keith Stroup, Esq. (NORML Founder)
Clifford W. Thornton, Jr. (Efficacy, CT)
Richard M. Wolfe (Los Angeles, CA)
Dan Viets, Esq. (Missouri NORML, Columbia)
Peter J. Vilkelis, Esq. (Illinois NORML, Chicago, IL)
Dominic Holden (Washington NORML, Seattle, WA)
Valerie A. Leveroni Corral (Co-founder WAMM, Santa Cruz, CA)

*NORML Advisory Board*
Co-Chairs:
Willie Nelson (Singer, song writer and American icon)
Nadine Strossen, Esq. (President, American Civil Liberties Union)

Robert Altman (Film director)
David Boaz (Author, Vice-president, Cato Institute)
Prof. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D. (Author, Dept. Of Psychology USC)
Lester Grinspoon, M.D. (Author, Harvard Medical School, Emeritus)
Terence Hallinan, Esq. (Former S.F. District Attorney & member of Board of
Supervisors)
Woody Harrelson (Actor and activist)
Bill Maher (Comedian, author and social satirist)
Ron Mann (Documentary filmmaker, Grass')
Sheriff Bill Masters (Telluride, CO)
John P. Morgan, M.D. (Author, CUNY Medical School Emeritus)
Kary Mullis, Ph.D. (1993 Nobel Laureate/Chemistry)
Bill Regardie (Publisher, Regardies')
Mark Stepnoski (Former NFL star, member all league team)
Dan Stern (Actor, Director and writer)
Rick Steves (Best-selling travel author and TV show host)
Hunter S. Thompson (Author and gonzo-journalist)