FAQs

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How can I help?

Become a member of your local NORML chapter. The most important step you can take is to contact your elected officials at all levels of government (local, state and federal), and let them know you oppose arresting responsible marijuana smokers. As a constituent, you hold special influence over the politicians who represent your district. It […]

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Critics of the medical use of marijuana say…

Critics of the medical use of marijuana say There are traditional  medications to help patients and marijuana is not needed; and,  Permitting the medical use of marijuana sends the wrong message to kids.  How do you respond to these concerns? For many patients, traditional medications do work and they do not require or desire medical […]

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But isn’t marijuana addictive?

Substantial research exists regarding marijuana and addiction. While the scientific community has yet to achieve full consensus on this matter, the majority of epidemiological and animal data demonstrate that the reinforcing properties of marijuana in humans is low in comparison to other drugs of abuse, including alcohol and nicotine. According to the U.S. Institute of […]

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What is NORML and what does the organization stand for?

NORML is a non-profit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime. NORML supports […]

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What about kids and marijuana?

Marijuana, like other drugs, is not for kids. There are many activities in our society that we permit adults to do, but forbid children, such as motorcycle riding, skydiving, signing contracts, getting married and drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco. However, we do not condone arresting adults who responsibly engage in these activities in order to […]

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Why should we decriminalize or legalize marijuana?

As President Jimmy Carter acknowledged: “Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use.” Marijuana prohibition needlessly destroys the lives and careers of literally hundreds of […]

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Who smokes marijuana?

According to recent statistics provided by the federal government, nearly 77 million Americans admit having smoked marijuana. Of these, twenty million Americans smoked marijuana during the past year. Many successful business and professional leaders — including many state and elected federal officials such as former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, former House […]

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What is the NORML Foundation?

Our sister organization, the NORML Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) educational, research and legal foundation. Founded in 1997, the NORML Foundation educates the public on marijuana policy through advertising and media campaigns. The Foundation distributes a weekly news advisory to more than 1,000 media outlets and reform activists; conducts research and publishes special reports; and provides […]

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