The United States has a policy of violent retribution against those who possess or sell drugs including marijuana. Many states have recognized that this is a losing approach to marijuana use in America and have moved towards legalization or decriminalization; others are considering similar legislation. The Federal government is a threat to the states’ autonomy in this matter, and there is legislation in Washington to protect states’ right to determine their own marijuana policies.
Check out the website of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and look at the list of pending legislation. You can take action on one or more of the items at the top of the list, which are are flagged as priority. Or you can scroll down to see whether your own state has any legislation in the pipeline - if so, click on it, and follow the suggested action. For example, there is a bill in the New York State Senate which would legalize and regulate the cultivation, possession, and sale of marijuana. You can fill out and submit your representative’s contact form directly on NORML’s website (they will look up your state Senator and House representative based on your address), or you can send an email from your own email address.