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Legalization

Legalized Marijuana MarketNORML supports permitting adults to possess and to cultivate personal use amounts of marijuana in private. We further support the eventual creation 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 has been adopted (either in part or in full) by voter initiatives in a number of US jurisdictions: Colorado (2012), Washington (2012), Alaska (2014), Oregon (2014), Washington, DC (2014), California (2016), Maine (2016), Massachusetts (2016), and Nevada (2016). (At present, Washington state does not permit personal home cultivation, and the District of Columbia does not permit retail sales.)

NORML continues to lobby 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