Legalized Marijuana MarketNORML supports the adoption of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source. This policy, generally known as legalization, exists on various levels in a handful of European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland, and was adopted by voter initiative in Washington (I-502), Colorado (A-64), Oregon (Measure 91), Alaska (Ballot Measure 2), and Washington, DC (Initiative 71).

Full legalization bills were introduced in a number of states and voter initiatives appeared on the ballot in 2014. Additional voter initiatives will appear on the ballot in 2016. NORML will be working with proponents to support these proposals, and we will continue to push Congress to amend federal law to permit states to experiment with different models of marijuana legalization without interference from the federal government.

States that Have Legalized Marijuana

These states have passed laws allowing for the personal possession and consumption of cannabis by adults.

Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions

This report was commissioned by the state of Vermont and published by the RAND Corporation. The authors have commented publicly that they believe the report can serve as a template to review and inform the other states that have not yet ended cannabis prohibition.

Brookings Institution: Colorado Rollout of Marijuana Legalization is Succeeding

A Report on the State's Implementation of Legalization, 2014