An explanation of MPP’s model state medical marijuana bill The relationship of the model bill and state law to federal law Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 6, 2005 (Gonzales v. Raich) that the federal government can prosecute patients in states that removed their criminal penalties for the medical use of marijuana, the … Continue reading Overview of MPP’s model state medical marijuana billRead More
How Patients Qualify Patients must have both a qualifying condition and a medical practitioner’s certification stating that they are likely to benefit from medical cannabis (marijuana) to receive protections under the model bill. Patients may submit their documentation to the health department and receive an ID card. If law enforcement encounters the person with … Continue reading Summary of MPP’s model medical cannabis billRead More
"Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use."
"The sole tangible way in which pot is a gateway to other illegal drugs is that it is illegal. The best way to end this easy path to worse narcotics is to legalize it and take it out of the hands of criminals and gangs."
"The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy."