The Marijuana Policy Project is working to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol.
"HB 399 will allow these Granite Staters to have their records annulled so they can move forward in life with a clean slate." -Matt Simon, MPP's New England political director
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There have been more than 15 million marijuana arrests in the U.S. since 1995. It is irrational to punish adults and mark them as criminals for using a substance that is far safer than alcohol. Marijuana prohibition needs to end.
A majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, support cannabis legalization. Lawmakers must take action.
Marijuana prohibition isn't going to end itself. Join us in the fight to legalize and regulate marijuana by becoming a member of MPP today!
"It’s wonderful that Congress is finally taking a serious look at how unequally marijuana laws have been enforced, including that prohibition was borne out of racism." -Karen O'Keefe, MPP's director of state policies
"Four years ago, no one was talking about it. That is no longer the case." -Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director, on the progress we've made so far in 2019.
MPP was the driving force behind passage of Proposal 1, the 2018 ballot initiative that legalized marijuana in Michigan. Read a summary of the new rules here:
RT @StevenWHawkins: Today's congressional hearing on ending cannabis prohibition is historic. Two-thirds of all the states have now adopted…
"Not since the days of Harry Anslinger has cannabis been such a serious topic on Capitol Hill." -Don Murphy, MPP's director of federal policies
Today's hearing on federal cannabis policy reform is a positive step forward and we hope it serves as a starting point for real legislative action this year.
HAPPENING NOW: Congress holds its first ever hearing to explore the prospect of ending federal cannabis prohibition. Tune in!
TODAY: Hawaii is officially the 26th state to decriminalize cannabis! While three grams is the smallest amount of any state that has decriminalized simple possession, removing criminal penalties and possible jail time is still an improvement.
TOMORROW: For the first time in history, a major congressional subcommittee will hold a hearing to explore the prospect of ending federal cannabis prohibition!
Prohibition has not only failed, but it has disproportionately harmed minority and low-income communities for decades. Legalizing and regulating cannabis can provide an opportunity to reinvest in communities who have been most negatively impacted. It's time to #EndProhibition.
A majority of Americans agree that it is time to end failed prohibition policies!
Another study finds that legalizing cannabis is associated with a *decline* in youth consumption rates.
There are a lot of candidates in the 2020 race. See where they stand on cannabis reform!
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"The majority reported that cannabis decreased their medication use. Adult use cannabis laws may broaden access to cannabis for the purpose of symptom relief."
Teen use is down or stable post-legalization, drop out rates are down in Colorado, and Colorado's opiate death rate increased less than a third of the rate of the national average.
@learnaboutsam has been distorting data and cherry picking to create the impression that legalization causes increased teen marijuana use rates, increased rates of opiate ODs, and more teen drop out rates. None are true.
LOTS of journalists and academics trashed that study...
Your billboard was blatantly misleading. It implied that legalization has caused opioid-related deaths to increase in Colorado. Fact: from 2012 to 2017, opioid-related deaths in Colorado increased by only 30%, while the national opioid overdose more than doubled.
Here is the overall trend for youth use post-legalization for jurisdictions that legalized in 2012 and 2014:
Instead of cherrypicking data, let's post all of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health teen marijuana use data in states with legal cannabis. Here are the raw numbers:
SAM specializes in intellectual dishonesty. Selectively picking one or two statistics as evidence of trend, when the more comprehensive dataset shows a very different trend, is basically lying.
RT @nowthisnews: Illinois is set to expunge the record of nearly 800k people with weed-related offenses
Two in three Americans support legalization, and more than 25% of the U.S. population lives in a jurisdiction where cannabis is legal for adults. It is time to #EndProhibition for all Americans.
As of today, possession of a half ounce or less of marijuana is no longer punishable by jail time in New Mexico!
"Governor Hickenlooper should not imply that he deserves credit for a legalization policy that he opposed at the time." -Matt Schweich, MPP's deputy director
WATCH: MPP's senior legislative counsel, Chris Lindsey, explains the work he did on the bill that made adult-use marijuana legal in Illinois with @cheddar.
20 candidates, 4 hours, and dozens of questions in the #DemDebate — but not one on marijuana policy reform. @CNN and @ABC, let's hope you do better.
We're seeing a positive legal and social change take place. Fewer workers are being discriminated against for responsibly using cannabis.
RT @MarijuanaPolicy: TODAY: Gov. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act into law officially making Illinois the 11th stat…
"Illinois’ focus on fairness and equity in legalization should be a model for other states." -Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director
This bill will save some Hawaiians from traumatic arrests, possible jail time, and life-altering criminal records. However, it’s an extremely timid step forward. A more sensible approach would be to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults.
#Hawaii residents — Ask your lawmakers to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older​!
In other news, Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced that he will allow a modest decriminalization bill to become law.
MPP was honored to work hand-in-hand with elected leaders to craft a law ending cannabis prohibition, in a way that begins to remedy the devastation of communities targeted by the war on drugs.
RT @StevenWHawkins: MPP has lobbied to reform cannabis policies in the Illinois state Legislature since 2004, leading the advocacy campaign…
Illinois’ focus on fairness and equity in legalization should be a model for other states. The CRTA will clear up to 770,000 criminal records and will provide new business and employment opportunities for those whose lives were derailed by prohibition.
TODAY: Gov. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act into law officially making Illinois the 11th state to legalize cannabis and the first state to legalize retail sales legislatively!
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"The passage of the Blumenauer-McClintock-Norton amendment demonstrates that sustained pressure on Congress to address the conflict between state and federal cannabis laws has yielded results." -Matt Schweich, MPP's deputy director
RT @MarijuanaPolicy: Nearly all Americans support medical cannabis, two out of three Americans support adult-use legalization, and cannabis…
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