The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the number one organization in the U.S. legalizing cannabis. We passed 13 medical cannabis laws in the past 15 years, and we ran winning campaigns in eight of the 11 legalization states. No organization in the movement has changed as many cannabis laws, impacted as many patients and consumers, created as many new markets, or done more to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. than MPP.
Marijuana prohibition has failed.
It's time for a new approach, and MPP is leading the way. MPP — including its staff, strategic partners, and supporters — is working toward the day when cannabis is legalized for adults and patients across the U.S. While there are many organizations that agree with that ultimate goal, what sets MPP apart is our approach and our track record. Since our founding in 1995, we've been making real progress in reforming U.S. marijuana laws by:
Advocating for legislation and supporting ballot initiative campaigns to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors' recommendations;
Promoting legislation and supporting ballot initiative campaigns to replace marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation;
Lobbying in Congress and leveraging state progress to drive sensible federal reform policies;
Working for fair marijuana policies that promote inclusion, equity, and justice both in legislation and in the cannabis industry;
Garnering widespread media coverage of the need to reform marijuana policies;
Building coalitions of supportive individuals and organizations to advocate on behalf of marijuana policy reform;
Sponsoring public information campaigns, grassroots activities, and educational initiatives;
Our primary goal is to legalize cannabis nationwide, and we believe the most direct path is through the states. We look for the states with the strongest opportunities for success and where we can most effectively impact the national discussion.
Looking forward, MPP is devoting significant resources to ending prohibition in several more states over the next few years. Currently, we’re working to enact bills to regulate marijuana like alcohol via state legislatures in Connecticut and Vermont, and in New Hampshire, we’re advocating for a bill that would legalize possession and cultivation of cannabis. We are also in the midst of multi-year efforts to legalize and regulate marijuana in additional states, including Delaware, Maryland, and Rhode Island. And finally, we’re supporting the Montana 2020 legalization campaign as it builds support for a ballot initiative that will legalize cannabis for adults, and in South Dakota we’re backing both medical and adult-use initiatives.
As an organization, we are mindful of the fact that social and criminal justice reform have come to the forefront of the conversation on cannabis legalization. Our work in Illinois included groundbreaking expungement and equity provisions that serve as a model for states as they adopt new policies. Our primary focus is ensuring fairness for those who have suffered most from the war on cannabis.