The United States of America is just that --a group of united states. Under The U.S. Constitution, states have great latitude to craft state laws that, in many instances, are different than federal laws.
This is the case regarding the enforcement of marijuana laws and that is why it is very important that supporters of NORML's law reform efforts work hard at the state-level to effectively educate and lobby their state elected policy makers to substantially change America's arcane marijuana laws and replace them with legal controls similar to alcohol or decriminalize responsible adult use.
An important part of the legislative process is the committee or subcommittee hearing. When advocating for marijuana law reform, make sure that representatives of NORML are invited to participate and testify.
Since 1970, NORML has championed marijuana law reform in all 50 states. As a result, some states have legalized marijuana, many states have decriminalized marijuana possession and a majority of states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana initiatives or laws. For more information please visit NORML's state laws section.
To stay on top of good or bad marijuana-related legislation in your state of interest and contact your elected policy makers, check out NORML's Legislative Alert section.
More importantly, citizens must be pro-active and recruit state representatives and senators to sponsor, co-sponsor or at the very least support the passage of common-sense marijuana law reform measures.