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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

    Fifty-five percent of likely California voters believe that "the use of marijuana should be legal," according to the results of a statewide PPIC poll released yesterday. The percentage in favor of legalization is the highest level of support ever recorded in the statewide poll.

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    http://news.marijuana.com/news/2015/03/a-tale-of-two-cities-why-dc-and-nyc-are-worlds-apart/ Washington, DC and New York City are only 225 miles apart, a four-hour drive up I-95, or a 3½ hour train ride on Amtrak. And both jurisdictions have taken positive steps over the last couple of years to stop arresting marijuana smokers. But in other ways, they are in parallel universes. In one city the police chief is embracing marijuana legalization, and touting it as a helpful step in building community relations. And in the other, the police commissioner is saying marijuana has caused an increase in homicides and […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Marijuana law reform legislation is presently pending in states over 30 states. Is your state one of them? Visit NORML's online 'Take Action Center' here to find out.

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    Nevada voters will decide next November on ballot language that seeks to regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. It states, “The People of the State of Nevada find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older, and its cultivation and sale should be regulated similar to other businesses.”

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

    Please join NORML on May 20/21 in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress for passage of cannabis law reform legislation pending before it. You’ve probably seen by now the historically important bill to reform medical cannabis laws introduced in the U.S. Senate. There has never been a more exciting and receptive time to be a cannabis law reform activist in America with this political backdrop: 35 states have passed medical cannabis-related legislation (in 23 of these states patients have functional access to the medicine and legal protections) 17 states have decriminalized […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    I wrote about the effect of big money on the legalization movement a few weeks ago, but feel the topic deserves additional discussion. The basic problem we are dealing with is the need to raise significant amounts of money to gather the required number of signatures to qualify a legalization proposal for the ballot, and then to run a professional campaign. At one time, those states that provide voters the opportunity to bypass the state legislature and enact new laws by a vote of the people, intended this to be […]

  • Read more by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

    More than six out of ten Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana use by adults, according to statewide polling conducted by Quinnipiac University. Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favored permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. Only 34 percent of voters opposed this idea. Legislation, House Bill 6703, is presently pending in the state, “to allow marijuana use for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and to regulate the sale, possession, use and growth of marijuana.” Connecticut residents can contact their lawmakers in support of […]

  • Read more by admin

    At a press conference this afternoon, Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Rand Paul (R-KY) announced plans to introduce a measure, The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act, in the US Senate to strengthen statewide medical marijuana protections and impose various changes to federal law. Passage of the measure permits qualified patients, doctors, and businesses to engage in state-sanctioned behavior involving the production, sale, or use of medical cannabis without fear of federal prosecution. The proposal reschedules marijuana at the federal level and removes the […]

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

    Dear NORML Members and Supporters, In the past 24 years I’ve penned hundreds of fundraising requests in the employ of NORML ranging from basic operating expenses to legal defense funds to advertising to match-the-donor grants to computer purchases to initiatives. Unfailingly, NORML’s members and supporters always come through with the needed funding to this venerable non-profit organization. On this day I bring your attention to a NORML fundraiser self-conceived and implemented from a welcomed–but unlikely source. I don’t think he’d mind me commenting that when one thinks of a long-distance […]

  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    An issue which continues to arise in each new state that legalizes or depenalizes marijuana is where those who wish to gather with others who enjoy smoking marijuana are legally permitted to do so. This seems like an easy problem to solve — we’ve done it before. At the end of alcohol prohibition, the majority of states legalized and licensed bars and lounges where any adult could legally go to meet friends and enjoy their choice of legal alcohol drinks, and to spend some time with others who enjoy drinking. […]








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