MO NORML MISSION STATEMENT
Missouri NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
Missouri NORML is an officially recognized affiliate of NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, located in Washington D.C.
Missouri NORML is made up of NORML members and Chapters from throughout the state. MO NORML co-sponsors Spring and Fall Missouri Cannabis Conferences with Show-Me Cannabis, a PAC formed to place reform measures on the ballot in Missouri. We lobby the Missouri legislature and work to educate the public about the need for marijuana law reform. Chapter leaders meet monthly via telephone conference calls and in person at conferences.
Dan Viets, J.D. (Secretary) National NORML Bio
Mr. Dan Viets is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, MO, concentrating on the defense of marijuana cases. He has served for many years as the Missouri State Coordinator for NORML. He is a former president of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, former chair of the board of the Mid-Missouri ACLU, former president of the University of Missouri student body and former chair of the City of Columbia Human Rights Commission.
Mr. Viets was the recipient of the 1993 Martin Luther King Association's "Keeping the Dream Alive" award and the 1995 Mid-Missouri "Civil Libertarian of the Year." Dan was named High Times Freedom Fighter of the Month in March, 2005 for his work helping to pass both a marijuana decriminalization initiative and a medical marijuana initiative in the November, 2004 election in Columbia. He received the 2005 Atticus Finch Outstanding Criminal Defense Lawyer award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In January, 2006 he received the Trailblazer award from the Mid-Missouri NAACP. He received the "Audiencey Award" from Conan O'Brien on the Tonight Show for looking most like the college professor who could always get you weed.
Dan hosts a weekly radio program, called "Sex, Drugs and Civil Liberties", on a community station affiliated with National Public Radio. He is Chair of the Board of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, the group which intends to place an initiative taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol on the November 2016 ballot in Missouri.