Marijuana Policy Project
The Marijuana Policy Project is working to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol, and to ensure people with serious illnesses have legal and safe access to medical marijuana.
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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker: Respect Voters, Appoint an Ally to the Marijuana Control Board
On July 29, 2016, one of the strongest advocates of sensible marijuana policies on the Marijuana Control Board — Bruce Schulte — was sacked! Now, Gov. Bill Walker must name another appointee to the five-member body that is charged with licensing and regulating marijuana businesses. There’s a real danger that the board could end up being hostile to its mission — taking marijuana sales off the criminal market and regulating cannabis like alcohol. The board’s new chairman is even collecting signatures to propose a ban on marijuana businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough! Gov. Walker’s new appointee will likely determine whether the board chooses progress or delay, and whether it upholds or subverts the people’s marijuana law. Urge him to stand up for the people’s marijuana regulation law, and to ensure that a strong ally of legalization and regulation takes Bruce Schulte’s place.
Pass the New York medical marijuana bill this year!
The Compassionate Care Act would allow New Yorkers with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and other debilitating conditions to access medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. More than 80% of New York voters support legal access to medical marijuana, and it has been approved five times in the State Assembly. Yet, Senate leaders have not allowed it to receive a vote on the Senate floor, and Gov. Cuomo has not expressed support for the measure. Please sign our petition calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York Senate Majority Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeffrey Klein to take action to ensure the Compassionate Care Act passes this year. Let them know patients should not have to wait another year for relief!
Stop bowing down to law enforcement and stand up for patients!
Governor Mark Dayton is holding up the medical marijuana bill in Minnesota because he is worried it will upset his friends in law enforcement. This is simply unacceptable. Please sign our petition calling on Gov. Dayton to show some backbone and get this important legislation passed. Seriously ill Minnesotans deserve legal access to medical marijuana. Rep. Carly Melin temporarily pulled her medical marijuana legislation, HF 1818, from the House Government Operations agenda this week after her good faith efforts to compromise with law enforcement fell on deaf ears. Gov. Dayton has said he will only support a bill that has law enforcement officials’ approval, but they have steadfastly refused to support workable medical marijuana legislation. Help us send Gov. Dayton a message. Tell him to stand up for patients and stop catering to law enforcement's unreasonable demands and stalling tactics.
Fire Anti-Marijuana DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart!
In a recent speech, DEA administrator Michele Leonhart criticized President Barack Obama for his acknowledgement that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol in terms of its impact on the consumer. Yet there is an abundance of research demonstrating that marijuana is in fact less harmful than alcohol. Leonhart has consistently demonstrated a reckless disregard of such scientific evidence. Under her watch, the DEA has obstructed attempts to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act — a classification reserved for the most dangerous drugs — and at a 2012 House committee hearing, she refused to answer a congressman’s simple question about whether heroin and crack cocaine pose more harm to the consumer than marijuana. Shortly after taking office, President Obama mandated, “Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of [his] Administration …” Whether Leonhart is ignorant of the facts or intentionally disregarding them, she has fundamentally undermined the president’s directive and is clearly unfit for her current position. We call on President Obama to immediately terminate DEA Administrator Leonhart and replace her with someone who recognizes the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol.
Denver City Council: The new version of the marijuana ordinance is still unacceptable. Do NOT criminalize adults for using marijuana on private property!
Last month, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and his allies on the city council introduced a blatantly unconstitutional law that would criminalize adults’ use of marijuana — even on private property — if others report seeing or smelling it. Fortunately, they decided to go back to the drawing board after the Denver Post editorialized against the proposal and thousands of people signed our Change.org petition calling on the council to drop it. Unfortunately, the council is now considering a new version of the bill. They call it a "compromise," but it is not nearly good enough. It would still criminalize adults for using marijuana on their own private property, which is simply unacceptable. The Denver Post has once again conveyed its opposition to the overreaching measure, and we need to once again convey our opposition directly to the council members. Sixty-six percent of Denver voters approved Amendment 64 because they wanted marijuana to be legal for adults. They should not have to forfeit their property and privacy rights in exchange. It's time for the council to respect the will of the voters and stop trying to find ways to punish responsible adult marijuana consumers. Please help defend Amendment 64 by adding your name to this petition calling on the Denver City Council to drop this ridiculous proposal.
Respect Denver voters: Do NOT criminalize adults for using marijuana on private property!
Sixty-six percent of Denver voters supported Amendment 64, the historic initiative that legalized marijuana for adults in Colorado last November. But Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and his allies on the Denver City Council are attempting to roll back that progress with a blatantly unconstitutional measure that would criminalize adults’ use of marijuana — even on private property — if others report seeing or smelling it! If this ordinance is approved, adults will face up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000 just for using marijuana in front of their window or in their backyard — harsher penalties than before the passage of Amendment 64! The city should not be spending taxpayer dollars to arrest and prosecute citizens who are in compliance with state law. And since the measure is a clear violation of the Colorado Constitution, the city will end up spending even more taxpayer dollars defending it in court. Please help us defend Amendment 64 by adding your name to this petition calling on the Denver City Council to drop this ridiculous proposal.
Stop punishing NFL players for using marijuana!
For years, the NFL has been punishing players for using marijuana despite the fact that it is far less harmful than alcohol, a substance widely embraced by the league. Now that the U.S. Justice Department has announced that states are allowed to legalize marijuana for adults or for medical use, the NFL should also recognize and respect those laws. The league would never punish a player simply for having a beer or cocktail, so why does it levy severe penalties against them for using a substance that is less toxic, less addictive, and less likely to contribute to violence? The NFL's harsh marijuana penalties do nothing to promote the health and safety of the players. If anything, they put them in danger by steering them toward using alcohol and away from making the safer choice to use marijuana instead. Sign our petition today calling on the NFL to stop driving players to drink with severe penalties for using marijuana, especially in states where marijuana has been made legal for adult or medical use.