UMass Amherst Libraries Launch New Drug Policy Archive with Collection of Materials from NORML

Allen St. Pierre

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DATE:           Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

TIME:           10 a.m.

WHERE:      Marriott Center, 11th floor, Campus Center, UMass Amherst

Representatives of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the Special Collections and University Archives at the UMass Amherst Libraries will announce the campus’s acquisition of more than four decades worth of NORML’s records.

NORML founder Keith Stroup and Allen St. Pierre, a UMass Amherst alumnus and NORML’s executive director since 2005, along with Rob Cox of the UMass Amherst’s Special Collections and University Archives, will discuss the significance of the organization’s collection, which offers perspective on 40 years of grassroots advocacy for drug policy legislation.

The NORML collection comes to UMass Amherst at a defining moment in the legalization movement. Voters in Washington and Colorado recently legalized the cultivation, sale and use of cannabis.

Plans call for NORML to continue to work with UMass Amherst to secure kindred collections and expand the depth of materials available to scholars and researchers. The UMass Amherst Libraries already hold the records of Lester Grinspoon, a pioneering Harvard-trained doctor, author of the earliest research on medical marijuana and a member of NORML’s board of directors.

Contact: Carol Connare, 413/545-0995, cconnare@library.umass.edu