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

    NORML members, supporters, and chapter leaders gathered in our nation’s capital this week, for NORML’s 2016 Conference and Lobby Day. The events were filled with education, activism, socializing, and plenty of marijuana smoking. For those who weren’t able to attend, click here to find out what you missed and how you can get involved in next year’s events.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    Federal lawmakers pressured President Obama this week to take executive action to reform marijuana policy. Meanwhile, state legislative reforms are still moving forward throughout the country. Click here to get the latest news and to learn what you can do to take action.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Fewer adolescents are consuming cannabis; among those who do, fewer are engaging in problematic use of the plant, according to newly published data in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

  • Read more by Rick Steves, NORML Board Member

    I’ve worked hard to help legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adult recreational use in Washington State (where I live) and in Oregon. This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to approve a ballot initiative that will end prohibition and replace it with a sensible marijuana policy in their state too.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Two new studies helpful to those who are advocating for marijuana legalization came out over the past few weeks

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    Join thousands of marijuana activists, patients and business owners from around the country as we lobby members of Congress on marijuana law reform!

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Federal marijuana trafficking prosecutions have declined significantly since the passage of statewide laws regulating the plant's production and retail sale to adults, according to data provided by the United States Sentencing Commission.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    This was a huge week for marijuana law reform. Congress voted for the first time to expand medical cannabis access to military veterans, and Governors in numerous states signed cannabis legalization and depenalization measures into law. Click here to get the latest news and to learn what you can do to take action.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation today amending the state's dormant medical marijuana law. Louisiana is set to become the 25th state to permit for the physician-supervised use of medical cannabis and/or cannabis-infused preparations for qualified patients.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Members of the US House of Representatives voted today for the first time to expand military veterans' access to medicinal cannabis in states that allow it. Members of the US Senate Appropriations Committee previously voted in April in favor of a similar provision. The House and Senate versions of FY 2017 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill will now face a concurrence vote prior to being sent to the President.