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Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    America's governors are our nation's most powerful, state-elected officials and they therefore play a key role in this ongoing legislative debate. NORML's new Scorecard provides voters in all 50 states with pertinent information regarding where their governor stands on issues surrounding cannabis policy.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Sixty-three percent of Americans age 18 and older favor making the use of marijuana legal, according to national polling results compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute's American Value Survey. The percentage is the highest ever reported by the poll, and marks a 30 percent increase in public support for legalization since 2014.

  • Read more by Rick Steves, NORML Board Member

    Hi, I'm Rick Steves, TV travel show host and a proud member of NORML's Board of Directors. I've just returned from doing a barnstorming speaking tour in both Maine and Massachusetts to help build support for their legalization initiatives. It was an exhilarating week, meeting and talking with the good folks in those states, getting lots of great press, and feeling the excitement build in advance of what we expect will be victories in both states.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    One can surely sympathize with the sense of loss for any parent who experiences the death of a child, regardless of the cause. But that does not justify treating millions of other Americans as criminals. Instead of using his vast wealth in a positive manner to provide help to those dealing with drug abuse issues, Adelson has instead elected to punish the rest of us who use marijuana responsibly.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    With Election Day less than three weeks away we’re excited to share with you the latest polling information from states with pending marijuana related ballot initiatives, as well as breaking news from another state that may be setting the stage for full legalization next year. NORML is also pleased to announce that next week we will be releasing our first ever, Governors Report Card.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The Florida’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has filed a civil lawsuit against the Broward County Commissioner of Elections, after media and news reports revealed that mail in ballots have been sent to voters omitting the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Sixty percent of Americans believe that "the use of marijuana should be legal," according to nationwide polling data released today by Gallup. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling group, and represents more than a doubling in public support over the past two decades.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    November 8th will be one of the most important days for us as a movement and that's why I wanted to take a minute to send you a personal message asking you to stand with NORML during these crucial weeks leading up to the big votes.