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Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    That’s right. There are actually fewer adolescent marijuana smokers today, four years after Colorado first adopted full legalization, than there were before the state legalized marijuana in 2012!

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    This has been an exceptionally busy week at the state and federal level for marijuana law reform. Click below to get the latest news and to find out how you can #TakeAction.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    Congressional leaders have moved in recent days to quash a number of proposed marijuana law reforms.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    But it is never too early to begin to impose some ethical standards to this emerging industry, and to begin to distinguish between those that are simply interested in getting rich and those who want to develop a responsible business that is as concerned about being a good corporate citizen as they are about making money.

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    Florida-based prohibitionist have vowed to spend $10 million dollars in the next five months to defeat a medical marijuana initiative that will be on the November 8th ballot. In response, Central Florida NORML has launched a summer crowdfunding campaign to to combat the prohibitionists who continue to advocate for the failed War on Drugs.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    2016 is set to be a monumental year in marijuana law reform. Three states have already qualified marijuana related initiatives for the November ballot (Nevada, Florida, and Maine) and nine more states are still collecting signatures in hopes of making the ballot (California, Arizona, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and Oklahoma).

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    The passage of statewide laws regulating the consumption of cannabis by adults and/or qualified patients is not associated with increased rates of teen marijuana use, according to a statistical analysis of results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Those same oppressive forces who dedicated their lives to arresting and jailing marijuana smokers were unwittingly establishing an underground culture that would nurture us during the most difficult years, and help us find a black-market supply of marijuana all during the decades of prohibition.

  • Read more by Jordan Person, Executive Director, Denver NORML

    If passed, the Responsible Use Denver initiative will create a licensing and permitting process that will allow responsible marijuana consumers to gather and socially consumer marijuana.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    More Governors signed marijuana related legislation into law this week, and once again members of the US Senate have said ‘yes’ to marijuana law reform. Click here to get the latest news and to learn what you can do to take action.