NORML seeks to expand presence in NC

Starting with a fundraiser in Asheville:

The purpose of Sunday's meeting — and a benefit concert that followed at The Garage at Biltmore — was to raise money for the group's nonprofit status as well as to discuss creative reform strategies and to educate about bills in committee in the N.C. General Assembly that would allow marijuana use for medical purposes.

The goal is to have Norml branches throughout the state, said organizer Alex Bumgardner, of Gastonia. The UNC Asheville graduate said there is a presence in Charlotte and Asheville already, but the group had its first meeting in Asheville “because the momentum is already there.”