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legal marijuanaCriminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.
 
nlc logoMarijuana prohibition causes far more problems than it solves, and results in the needless arrest of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens each year. The NORML Legal Committee provides legal support and assistance to victims of the current marijuana laws.
 
mj plantMarijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.
 
business networkThe mission of the NORML Business Network [NBN] is to encourage the development of responsible, sustainable enterprises that seek to serve their community and set a positive example for the growing cannabis industry. The NBN highlights new and growing marijuana-related business partners that have shown a commitment to responsible consumer engagement, environmental protection, and to using their business as a platform for social change.
 
us map selectFor 40 years, NORML has served as a clearinghouse for marijuana-related information. Much of this information is now available online in NORML's Library.
 

NORML Blog, Marijuana Law Reform »

Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Ellen Komp, Deputy Director of California NORML

    A new CBS poll released on 4/20 is the first to show majority female support for marijuana legalization in the US. Though still trailing the 59% of men who are in favor of legalization, 54% of women now say they support it too.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Members of the Vermont House spent over six hours today debating various amendments to reform marijuana policy, but ultimately decided against enacting any significant changes in law.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    First, let me make the obvious point that if no one would have had the courage to risk arrest and jail for smuggling, growing or selling marijuana, we smokers would have had no marijuana to smoke for all these years. But even more importantly, without a thriving underground marijuana market in America, there would have been no serious marijuana legalization movement, and we would not have four states and the District of Columbia with legal marijuana, and more to come in November.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    A legalization initiative has officially qualified the ballot this November and separate legislative measures around the country continue to advance. Click here to learn the latest legislative developments.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    News out of Anchorage and Denver this week was good for marijuana smokers, as both the city of Denver and the state of Alaska moved closer to the legalization of marijuana social clubs.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The Secretary of State determined today that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, gathered a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    We are excited to have finalized the agenda for our 2016 National Conference and Congressional Lobby Day! Click here to check out the full itinerary.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Rates of prescription opioid abuse are significantly lower in jurisdictions that permit medical marijuana access, according to data reported by Castlight Health, an employee health benefits platform provider.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    We do not need to blow smoke in the face of those who do not approve of marijuana, but we do need to demonstrate by our conduct that we are good, productive citizens. Our use of marijuana is just one aspect of our lives and nothing that should concern them.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    We’ve got federal news for you and an encouraging announcement out of Canada this week. Plus we’ll update you on pending state legislation across the country. Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform!