NORML supports the removal of all penalties for the private possession and responsible use of marijuana by adults, including cultivation for personal use, and casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This policy, known as decriminalization, removes the consumer -- the marijuana smoker -- from the criminal justice system, while maintaining criminal penalties against those who sell or traffic large quantities of the drug.

States With Marijuana Decriminalization

The following states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana.

Local Decriminalization

Since 2012, over 50 localities in a dozen states have enacted municipal laws or resolutions decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.

States with Explicit Marijuana Expungement Laws

These states have enacted legislation explicitly providing the opportunity for those with marijuana convictions for activities that have since been decriminalized/legalized to have their record expunged.

Real World Ramifications of Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

A report by NORML Deputy Director, Paul Armentano.

Marijuana Decriminalization & Its Impact on Use

Check the facts, liberalizing marijuana penalties does not lead to an increase in marijuana consumption.

Marijuana Decriminalization Talking Points

Learn how to discuss decriminalization with others.