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Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

    To date, there have been 1,322 pieces of legislation introduced nationwide - this week’s action ranges from the elected officials in North Dakota seeking to overturn the will of their voters to officials in California seeking to turn themselves into a “Sanctuary State” when it comes to marijuana.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Undermining voters’ wishes and state laws in this regard not only defies common sense, it is also bad politics — particularly for an administration that is defining itself as populist in nature.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Record numbers of voters support regulating the marijuana market and oppose federal efforts to interfere or undermine state laws permitting the plant's use or sale, according to nationwide polling data released by Quinnipiac University.

  • Read more by NORML

    Engaging elected officials is a primary function of NORML and all its affiliates. As the Michigan Affiliate of NORML, we are pleased to participate in this and other NORML nationally-coordinated campaigns that reach out to federal representatives in a collaborative way that reinforces the strength of support for cannabis reforms.

  • Read more by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

    Nationwide, the number of bills relating to marijuana now tops 1,200, ranging from technical tweaks to codes to a Rep in Washington actually trying to reinstate prohibition! All that and more in this weeks legislative update.

  • Read more by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director

    The official establishment of a Congressional Cannabis Caucus represents yet another step forward toward ultimately reforming cannabis policy at the federal level. The creation of this caucus is yet another manifestation that our political power is growing -- even inside the beltway.

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    A growing coalition of NORML Chapters in California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington have come together to advocate for necessary legislative and workplace reforms to protect responsible marijuana consumers from discriminatory practices such as workplace drug testing.

  • Read more by NORML

    "NORML ISU's use of the cannabis leaf does not violate ISU's trademark policies because the organization advocates for reform to marijuana laws, not the illegal use of marijuana,"