Due to an error in calculations, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) decided to move their 40-year anniversary celebration up one year to 2011 claiming "better late than never."
NORML officers say that once they got around to checking the official papers filed to form the lobbyist organization, they realized it got its start in 1970, marking 2011 the 41st year of operation.
Not to be discouraged, however, NORML party organizers immediately set about planning an anniversary celebration so phenomenal their followers would not realize their mistake.
Unfortunately, the official anniversary date of March 2, 2011 also came and went with little to no fanfare as party planners were surprised to find NORML President, Seth Kroup, vacationing in Jamaica instead of heading up the gala affair scheduled to take place at Top of the Town in Arlington, VA.
Owners of the venue were forced to escort the thirty or so attendees out when it was evident the event was nothing more than a glorified smoke-in. "There weren't even any streamers, man," said one attendee who was asked his opinion on the get together. "I had to bring my own Boone's Farm. It was totally bogus."
We caught up with Kroup last last week and asked him how such a thing could happen, to which he replied, "Well man, you know, when you smoke the weed sometimes, time gets away from you. But it's all good brother. It's all good," and then, "Hey, mon, don't bogart that joint."
NORML organizers claim that it is mix-ups like these that create the wrong stereotypes for their organization and occasionally get them in trouble on Capitol Hill. Said NORML's attorney in charge of efforts to legalize marijuana, Bud Morrow, "I'll admit that more times than I can count we've filed papers too late to be considered in key votes, leaving us with years and years of lobbying to make up for in some cases. "Come to think of it," said Morrow, "that could possibly have something to do with it taking 40, er 41 years to get marijuana legalized in this country."
Meanwhile, since the next milestone anniversary for NORML won't occur until 2020, party planners are pretty positive that will afford them plenty of time to plan a kick-ass 50th celebration.