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Marijuana Legalized!

The responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty in the state of Washington

On November 6th, 2012, 56% of voters in the state of Washington approved Initative 502, to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. It was, "a shot heard around the world."

The law took effect on December 6th, 2012, 12:01a.m. Citizens and media from around the globe converged in Washington to celebrate the legal, recreational use of marijuana by adults - for the first time. And, moving forward towards an end to prohibition, "the whole world is watching."

A Voice for Responsible Marijuana Smokers


Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A nonprofit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.



NORML supports the adoption of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source.

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.

Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. Marijuana smoking can never be an excuse for misconduct or other improper behavior.
Learn the 5 Principles of Responsible Use:
  • Adults Only
  • No Driving
  • Set and Setting
  • Resist Abuse
  • Respect Rights of Others

NORML Mission Statement

NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.

Adopted by the NORML Board of Directors, February 27, 1999