Legalized Marijuana Market

NORML supports permitting adults to possess and to cultivate personal use amounts of marijuana in private. We further support the eventual creation of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source. This policy, generally known as legalization, exists on various levels in a handful of European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland, and has been adopted (either in part or in full) in a number of US jurisdictions: Alaska (2014), California (2016), Colorado (2012), District of Columbia (2014), Illinois (2019), Maine (2016), Massachusetts (2016), Michigan (2018), Nevada (2016), Oregon (2014), Vermont (2018), and Washington (2012). At present, Washington state does not permit personal home cultivation, and Vermont and the District of Columbia do not permit retail sales.

NORML continues to lobby Congress to amend federal law to permit states to experiment with different models of marijuana legalization without interference from the federal government.

States that Have Legalized Marijuana

These U.S. states and territories have passed laws allowing for the personal possession and consumption of cannabis by adults.

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.

Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions

This report was commissioned by the state of Vermont and published by the RAND Corporation. The authors have commented publicly that they believe the report can serve as a template to review and inform the other states that have not yet ended cannabis prohibition.

Brookings Institution: Colorado Rollout of Marijuana Legalization is Succeeding

A Report on the State's Implementation of Legalization, 2014

Real World Ramifications of Cannabis Legalization and Decriminalization

A report by NORML Deputy Director, Paul Armentano.