A bit about the MPP
Last Updated on Monday, 7 October 2013 10:36
Written by theglasshousetx
Monday, 7 October 2013 10:36
NORML isn’t the only organization working taking strides towards marijuana reform. Based out of Washington, D.C., the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) was founded in 1995 with the mission of:
- lobbying for legislation and running ballot initiative campaigns to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors’ recommendations,
- lobbying for legislation and sponsoring ballot initiatives to replace marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation,
- garnering widespread media coverage of the need to change marijuana policies,
- lobbying Congress to reduce the White House drug czar’s budget for his deceptive ad campaigns,
- and building coalitions of supportive individuals and organizations to advocate on behalf of marijuana policy reform.
About a month ago, MPP produced a billboard urging the NFL to stop punishing players who use marijuana. This billboard was posted in front of Sports Authority Field at Mile High 24 hours before the Denver Broncos hosted the first NFL regular season game of the year. It’s primary message was that of marijuana as a safer choice than alcohol, which is more toxic and addictive, and which is more likely to instigate violent behavior.
Now, MPP is financially backing a series of ads in Portland, Maine that have the same message. On November 5, Portland ballots will include a vote on Question 1, an initiative that would legalize recreational pot use, and MPP purchased $2,500 worth of ads on METRO buses and bus shelters to encourage voters to pass the measure.
It seems like we’ve been hearing more and more about pro-marijuana legalization publicity . . . let’s hope this is just the beginning.