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Annual Total Of Marijuana Arrests Decline In 2013

Annual Total Of Marijuana Arrests Decline In 2013

Police made an estimated 693,481 arrests for violations of marijuana laws in 2013.

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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.

The mission of the NORML Business Network [NBN] is to encourage the development of responsible, sustainable enterprises that seek to serve their community and set a positive example for the growing cannabis industry. The NBN highlights new and growing marijuana-related business partners that have shown a commitment to responsible consumer engagement, environmental protection, and to using their business as a platform for social change.

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.

Marijuana prohibition causes far more problems than it solves, and results in the needless arrest of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding citizens each year. The NORML Legal Committee provides legal support and assistance to victims of the current marijuana laws.

For 40 years, NORML has served as a clearinghouse for marijuana-related information. Much of this information is now available online in NORML's Library.

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  • Read more by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel

    Dear NORML Members and Supporters: Please allow me to wax nostalgic for a moment or two about the wonderful progress we have all seen in recent years, with a majority of the country now supporting and end to prohibition, and the adoption of various forms of marijuana legalization in many states. The political environment was not always so favorable. When we started NORML in 1970, only 12% of the population supported legalization; 88% supported prohibition. It has been a long, slow and sometimes arduous effort, but we have finally won […]

  • 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.

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    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 […]







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