Historic Number of States Debating Marijuana Law Reform Legislation — Is Your State One of Them?

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director February 14, 2013

    A record number of statewide marijuana law reform measures are pending in 2013. Is your state one of them?

    To find out — and to contact your state elected officials in favor of pending legislation — just click here, find the legislative alert applicable to your state, enter your name and zip code, and a pre-written letter of support will be electronically sent to your state House or Senate member. (To contact your member of Congress in support of federal legislative reforms, just follow these same steps.)

    Here’s an overview of just some of these pending statewide measures:

    Five states are considering legislation to legalize the adult consumption and sale of marijuana.
    Nine states are considering legislation to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses.
    Eight states are considering legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes.

    If your state is not listed, please continue to check back to the NORML website often as we update legislative alerts daily. Over the coming weeks, several additional measures are expected to be introduced.

    If your state is listed, please be sure to use this page to contact your elected officials. They hear from our opponents; they also need to hear from you! Those who sign up to receive NORML’s electronic newsletter here will also receive time-sensitive legislative updates to let you know when hearings and votes are pending on these specific measures.

    Get active; get NORML!

    52 responses to “Historic Number of States Debating Marijuana Law Reform Legislation — Is Your State One of Them?”

    1. brian says:

      This is beautiful news. I wish my State of Idaho would follow suit, but they will probably be the last State to do anything everyone else is doing. It’s revenue for them to lock people up for marijuana, and they do it often.

      [Paul Armentano replies: Unfortunately, Idaho lawmakers are presently lobbying for measures that further codify their opposition to marijuana law reform. Sad but true: http://www.khq.com/story/21101828/idaho-senate-advances-measure-opposing-marijuana.%5D

    2. Rob says:

      Please send me updated information. How can I petition my state to add this to their referendum?

    3. david evans says:

      a lot safer than booze and can not get hook on it, and nobody can ever O.D. from it and the government could make millions in taxes (but they got their heads up their butts)

    4. Marlena Gann says:

      I have an anxiety disorder and would prefer a holistic approach other then putting a chemical in my body!

    5. daniel says:

      with it looking like there will be 10 or so state with fully legal canibis in the next yr or so how lon can they keep it illegal for us smokers in the more “backward states” i.e. my state of texas ? can it really be a schulde 1 drug in half the states and legal in the other half ?

    6. Paul Csuhta says:

      It appears that some sanity has prevailed in some states as to the consequences of cannabis prohibition. Are we making more criminals out of good people, building more prisons just to keep up with the arrests being made. Is all this worth it ? Ask Colorado and Washington state those questions and you may conclude it is not worth it.

    7. OldGuy says:

      Why heck no, Alabama will never break the pattern of inbred stupidity to actually legalize the devil weed. There are still dry counties here and blue laws everyplace.

      I moved here for a job from the West. I have regretted this every since. I hear the talk down here about freedom and constitution and all the other rights BS they preach. But when it comes down to it they want to restrict more rights than they ever have supported.

      The family trees down here dont branch and brain cells are as rare as full sets of teeth. I never expect cannabis to be anything less than a criminal offense punishable by jail time in this state.

    8. Steve-O says:

      Can we get a map that stays updated and graphically shows all these states and which reform measures they have pending?

    9. Gillie says:

      My gramps use to tell us that it was the law for farmers to have to grow cannabis and the pharmacist used it as medicine for a lot of ills in his day. Everyone he new smoked it in pipes or rolled their own. Maybe that’s why he lived in perfect health with no Alzheimer’s until age 98 without cancer etc. Life expectancy was double then it is now. We came from England as farmers from 1789 – to this very day. Have family records to prove it. Don’t know what all was grown but surely they grew it all.

    10. DANIEL CONNELLY says: