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'The law is where you live.'

With that simple concept in mind, the reality is you, your friends and family spend the vast amount of your time in and around your home and workplace.

If you change the marijuana laws where you, and those you care about live, you've taken a huge step in breaking down the national prohibition of marijuana.

There are numerous examples of state and local decriminalization policy models in place that depart from the stricter federal prohibition. Want to know if you live in a state or municipality with decriminalized laws? Check out NORML's list of all 50 states' marijuana laws.

Even in states that still have harsh marijuana penalties and rigorous law enforcement, major municipalities can decriminalize marijuana possession at the local level.

What does all this mean? It means that having local legislation introduced and testifying at the local public meeting is crucial in stopping bad marijuana legislation or, more importantly, passing good marijuana law reform measures.

If you and all your like-minded friends and family can get local legislation introduced, get public hearing and pass decriminalization legislation.

When advocating for marijuana law reform, make sure that representatives of NORML are invited to participate and testify.

Guess what? The law where you live, and spend most of your time, will then be another city or state that makes up an increasing patchwork of common-sense marijuana laws that the federal government can no longer ignore. Then, the political pressure shifts from the states to the federal government, where, ultimately, the laws need to change.

To a degree, this occurred with alcohol prohibition and it is happening again to end marijuana prohibition.

Written Testimony Regarding Bill 140001

Decriminalization legislation in Philadelphia. (2014)

Written Testimony Regarding B20-0409

The Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Act of 2013, Before the DC City Council, Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety