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Criminal marijuana prohibition is a failure. Over 20 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana offenses since 1965. NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.

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Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

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  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Australian lawmakers are anticipated to approve landmark legislation in the coming months allowing for the production and use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. “This government understands that there are some Australians suffering from severe conditions for which cannabis may have applications," Health Minister Sussan Ley told Parliament this week. "[W]e want to enable access to the most effective medical treatments available.”

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Cannabinoids are safe and effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, according to a review of recent clinical trials published online ahead of print in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. They concluded, “Overall, the recent literature supports the idea that currently available cannabinoids are modestly effective analgesics that provide a safe, reasonable therapeutic option for managing chronic non-cancer-related pain and possibly cancer-related pain.”

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    I am periodically amused when we receive an email or phone call at NORML from an enthusiastic, usually young, supporter, advising us he/she has found the missing link to marijuana legalization: come up with a new name for our favorite herb.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    This week we have an array of legislative updates ranging from more bills being introduced, other bills stalling, and everything in between. We have news out of Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, Utah and Washington D.C.! Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform this week.

  • Read more by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Coordinator

    For almost 45 years, NORML chapters have been the driving force behind policy decisions regarding marijuana on the local, state level and federal level. Get involved today!

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    NORML's 2016 Congressional Lobby Day at the United States Capitol is scheduled for May 23rd and 24th. Hundreds of marijuana consumers, activists, patients and business owners are expected to attend a day-long training and informational conference on Monday and re-convene on The Hill Tuesday to personally lobby their elected members of the House of Representatives and Senate.

  • Read more by Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

    Exciting news from across the country with NEW legislation being introduced and promising legislation moving forward! This week we highlight Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maryland, New Mexico, New Orleans, and Vermont. Plus our lawmakers in Congress and lawmakers in Puerto Rico took action this week too! Click here to get the latest in marijuana law reform.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Michael Kennedy was an extraordinary individual who could not ignore injustice when he saw it.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Floridians will decide on a proposed constitutional amendment this November that seeks to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. The ballot measure, entitled the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” will appear before voters as Amendment 2.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Sixty-one percent of respondents said that they supported legislation to regulate and tax retail sales of marijuana to adults age 21 and over. Respondents' support rose to 69 percent when pollsters indicated that sales taxes would be used to fund health-related programs.