Tokin’ Females: PhillyNORML Gets a Makeover

By Tara Murtha
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As the media recently reported, there’s been a spike in break-ins around both Drexel and Temple universities. Authorities say the robberies boil down to pot. Basically, big-time neighborhood dealers are rolling up on smaller-time, transient student dealers. The girls hadn’t read the article, but they say it’s true.

Annie, 22, says her friend was shot in his own house while sitting on the couch just last week. “He’s paralyzed from the waist down,” she says. “The drug laws are related to that.”

Andrea, 23, says it just happened to another friend of hers, too. “There were guns involved,” she says. “It’s difficult to be super subtle if you’re running that kind of operation.”

Social hour is interrupted. It’s time for the raffle. Up for auction is lip balm, perfume and a glass pipe.

Though the carefully set vibe of the Women’s Alliance is urban and modern, a little bit of the stoner chicks within slips out here and there.

“Every time we get together,” Cialini tells the group, with her hand over her heart. “When we leave, we feel love for one another.”

Before things wind down, Fornbacher reminds everyone that though exposing yourself to the public as a fan of the sweet leaf can be scary, there’s strength in numbers. If anything goes down, your girlfriends at the Women’s Alliance will have your back.

She pauses.

“Well, just be careful,” she says. “It’s hard to defend someone if your car has 10 pounds in it.”

For more information on the Women’s Alliance, visit

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1. Anonymous said... on Sep 28, 2011 at 11:19PM

“I agree that the movement is too male and too white. Did you interview the 1 black chick???”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 5, 2012 at 02:38PM

“Isn't Diane Fornbacher Asian?”


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