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Working to reform marijuana laws
  • Read more by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a comprehensive thirty five-page report last week examining the federal government establishing a wholesale excise tax on the production and sale of cannabis-related products.

  • Read more by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

    CannabisBusinessExecutive's launch creates forum for cannabis-related businesses

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    After several decades of Reefer Madness propaganda dominating the discussion of marijuana in the media, it should be no surprise that many Americans, especially older Americans who are not personally familiar with marijuana, believe that “getting high” is somehow a bad experience, something to be avoided by responsible citizens. It is assumed that this experience is a waste of time, or even worse, that it somehow damages the healthy individual. Yet, I have found that marijuana smoking has been a positive experience in my life, allowing me, when I am high, […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    NORML's Deputy Director today on Alternet.org addressed new media claims that cannabis use can potentially shrink the brain.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton publicly announced plans yesterday to halt the NYPD's practice of arresting tens of thousands of minor marijuana offenders annually. Under the new plan, set to take effect November 19, city police would issue first-time marijuana offenders a summons, payable by a fine, in lieu of making a criminal arrest.

  • Read more by Sabrina Fendrick

    NORML is pleased to announce 420 Food Safety as the newest member of the NORML Business Network.

  • Read more by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

    The FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report was released this morning and provides an updated look at the total number of marijuana arrests law enforcement made across the country in 2013. The good news is that numbers are down slightly from 2012’s arrest figures. In 2012, there were about 749,825 marijuana arrests (compared to 757,969 in 2011). The new report shows a modest decrease in arrests. In 2013, there was a total of 693,481 arrests made for marijuana charges, with the overwhelming majority of these being for simple possession. Law enforcement […]

  • Read more by admin

    Thanks to NORML's outreach efforts, Americans are now aware that it makes no sense from any objective measure to perpetuate the prosecution and stigmatization of those adults who choose to responsibly consume a substance that is safer than either alcohol or tobacco. But we still need your support to keep up the momentum, and to continue bringing our winning message of legalization to the American people.

  • Read more by admin

    All seven of NORML PAC’s publicly endorsed candidates for the US House of Representatives won decisively in yesterday’s midterm election. These include: Rep. Alan Grayson for Congress (FL-09) Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress (NJ-12) Rep. Earl Blumenauer for Congress (OR-03) Rep. Steve Cohen for Congress (TN-9) Rep. Beto O’Rourke for Congress (TX-16) Rep. Denny Heck for Congress (WA-10) Rep. Jared Polis for Congress (CO-02) These candidates all endorsed the full legalization of marijuana and are dedicated to championing reform at the federal level in the 114th Congress. We fully […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    The election results were overwhelmingly positive for marijuana smokers last night, with full-legalization proposals being approved in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. And even the one losing initiative, the medical-use proposal in Florida, won the approval of a significant majority of the voters. Measure 91 in Oregon In a convincing victory, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, which legalizes the use and cultivation of marijuana by those 21 and older and establishes a system of licensing, taxing and regulating marijuana sales under the auspices of the Oregon Liquor Control […]







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