Marijuana Policy Project

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Marijuana Policy Project
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Year created:1995
Website:http://www.mpp.org/
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is a national organization that was founded in 1995 to lobby for reduced penalties on marijuana cultivation, sales and use.[1] Along with NORML, it is one of the country's top two marijuana legalization lobbying organizations.

According to MPP's website, the group's mission is to:[2]

  • "Increase public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies."
  • "Identify and activate supporters of non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies."
  • "Change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical and non-medical use of marijuana."
  • "Gain influence in Congress."

They "envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm."[2]

History

The Marijuana Policy Project was founded in 1995, with the goal of reducing penalties for marijuana growing, use and sales. They also advocated for medical marijuana legality. As of 2013, 20 states now have medical marijuana laws on the books. Prior to MPP's inception, no states had legal medical marijuana.[3]

Leadership

Rob Kampia is the Executive Director of the MPP.[4] They also have an advisory board made up of several high profile celebrities including, Adam Carolla, Bill Maher, Jack Black, Susan Sarandon, Jesse Ventura and Tommy Chong.[5]

Issues

The Marijuana Policy Project lists their strategic plan for 2014 on their website. The plan is subject to change. An abbreviated list appears below:[6]

  • Decriminalize marijuana in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, and the District of Columbia
  • Legalize medical marijuana in Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and West Virginia
  • Expand medical marijuana laws in Vermont and Illinois
  • Lay the groundwork for decriminalizing marijuana possession in Illinois by 2017
  • Pass a bill in Rhode Island that is similar to the legalization law in Colorado
  • Pass legalization bills in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Vermont between 2015 and 2017
  • Lobby to pass a legalization bill in Texas in 2019
  • Get a statewide legalization measure on the 2014 Alaska ballot
  • Place legalization initiatives on the 2016 ballot in Arizona, California and Nevada
  • Pass three local ballot initiatives in Maine in November 2014
  • Assist allies with 2014 statewide measure in Oregon
  • Persuade a team of U.S. senators to introduce a states’ rights marijuana bill in the Senate and work to pass it through the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Canvass all freshmen and swing votes on the Rohrabacher-Farr medical marijuana amendment

2014 elections

As of May 2014, MPP has spent $28,000 on candidate contributions in the 2014 congressional campaign cycle.[7]

2012 elections

The Marijuana Policy Project spent $31,220 in total contributions in the 2012 election cycle. The breakdown is as follows:[8]

  • $24,620 in contributions to candidates
  • $3,500 in contributions to leadership PACs
  • $2,500 in contributions to 527 committees
  • $2,500 in contributions to outside spending groups
  • $-1,900 in contributions to parties

Top recipients

Top 11 largest Marijuana Policy Project expenditures in 2012[8]
Candidate Total
Roger Goodman $5,000
Beto O'Rourke $5,000
David Brinkley $2,500
David Brinkley for Congress (527) $2,500
House Majority PAC $2,500
Solidarity PAC (Leadership) $2,500
Steve Cohen $2,000
Jared Huffman $2,000
Mark Udall $2,000
Sal Pace $1,500
Linda Sanchez $1,500

Recent news

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See also

Voting on Marijuana
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Ballot Measures
By state
By year
Not on ballot

External links

References