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 That Have Decriminalized

The following states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana.

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.