Legal Resources Concerning Marijuana Laws

General survey resourses

State Marijuana Laws Map from Governing magazine

State Medical Marijuana Laws assembled by NCSL

State/Federal Laws as assembled by NORML

Congressional Research Service Report on State Legalization Efforts and Federal Law

Congressional Scorecard by NORML


Jurisdiction-specific resources

Information on the federal Controlled Substances Act provided by the FDA

US Department of Justice Memoranda for federal prosecutors:

Colorado Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force 

Information on Washington State Legalization Initiative 502

Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy (CA)


Supreme Court rulings

United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Co-op., 532 U.S. 483 (2001)

Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005)


Pro-Legalization/Anti-Drug War Resources

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)

Americans for Safe Access (ASA)

Drug Policy Alliance

Drug War Chronicle


Anti-Legalization/Skeptic Resources

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Office of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar)

Parents Opposed to Pot (Poppot)

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Save Our Society from Drugs (S.O.S.)

Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM)


Notable Video Clips and Media Coverage

PBS Frontline: Busted, America’s War on Drugs

Brookings Institute Discussion on Legalization

Cato Institute Discussion on Politics & Science of Medical Marijuana


Scholarly Resources

RAND Corporation Marijuana Legalization Page

Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice

Institute for Policy Studies--Drug Policy Project


Notable Blogs


Other Media