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Join us in Welcoming the Marijuana Policy Project to Texas!


Join us in Welcoming the Marijuana Policy Project to Texas!

Is legislative change possible here in the great state of Texas, even without our governor backing us? Maybe the answer is “yes” after all.

Please join us in welcoming the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) to Texas! The MPP will be setting up shop in Austin this month, giving themselves five years to legalize marijuana here. They’ve helped pass similar laws in 19 other states, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do right here in our hometowns.

What kind of plan does the MPP have up its sleeve? They aren’t being too specific, but did share that they hope to start by passing medical marijuana laws and then eventually more flexible laws where adults 21 and over would be able to buy the drug in smaller amounts. They will work in a step-by-step fashion, aiming to pass legislation over the course of elections in 2015, 2017, and hopefully clinching the ultimate victory in 2019. Unfortunately, we don’t have the ballot initiative that many other states have so the process will be tougher here.

The MPP’s efforts have already begun, starting on March 1 with the hiring of lobbyist Randal Kuykendall and a commitment to spend $200,000 a year to push for change. MPP Executive Director and co-founder Rob Kampia is dedicated and ready to commit the organization’s focus and attention to the great state of Texas over the next five years, and we’re honored to have them here.

We’ll leave you with some encouraging words from Kampia himself:

“People in the state in question believe change is not possible in their state, but is possible in other states. We’re in—and we’re in for the long haul. We’re ready to go.”

Are you ready for change in Texas?

Sources: 

http://kxan.com/2014/03/01/legalize-marijuana-group-sets-up-shop-in-austin/

http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2014-02-28/mpp-ready-to-roll-on-pot-in-texas/

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