Since 1970, NORML staff members and representatives have testified in all fifty states and abroad advocating for reforming marijuana laws for adult, medical marijuana and industrial use.
As open as the American political system is for public debate, this has hardly been the case for marijuana law reform in the U.S. Congress and most state legislatures.
For 32 years, testifying before federal, state and local elected officials and commissions, NORML has been charged with being the chief 'spokesperson' for the average marijuana smoker and/or law reform advocate.
The Congressional Record, from 1970-1988 has well over a dozen NORML testimonies before various Congressional committees and subcommittees.
As few citizens actually get to attend a legislative committee hearing, NORML encourages you to read the testimonies and learn the different ways, persuasions and lines of reason NORML has employed to advance the
cause of sensible marijuana law reform.
NORML wants to frequently update this section of the web site. However, for that to happen, you and all your like-minded friends and family need to encourage your local, state and federally elected officials to propose/co-sponsor marijuana law reform legislation or at the very least support its passage and hold hearings on the proposed legislation in the applicable committees.
Legislators are far more inclined to support marijuana law reform legislation and hold public hearings if they, as they must, hear from their voting constituency....you!
Also, these legislative hearings give local, state, national and international media the opportunity to cover the subject of marijuana in an even-handed and objective manner.
Bottomline: Legislative committee hearings are crucial to the passage of legislation that stops treating marijuana smokers like criminals.