Personal Use

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.

Introduction

Read our introductory report on the personal use of marijuana.

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States That Have Decriminalized

The following states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana.

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Government & Private Commissions Supporting Marijuana Law Reform

Find out why they’ve come to the conclusion that marijuana for personal use should no longer be a criminal offense.

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Marijuana Decriminalization & Its Impact on Use

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

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NORML Report on Sixty Years of Marijuana Prohibition in the US

On the 60th anniversary of the “Marijuana Tax Act of 1937” NORML reported the ‘state of the nation’ (in marijuana terms).

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Recently Busted

Locate the information you need to minimize the negative impacts of a marijuana-related arrest.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Talking Points

Learn how to discuss decriminalization with others.

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Principles of Responsible Use

Learn the five principles: Adults Only, No Driving, Set and Setting, Resist Abuse and Respect Others.

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