Jared has been working to change marijuana laws since his college days. During his time at Brown University, he helped organize hundreds of students across the state in support of the successful 2012 effort to decriminalize marijuana possession in Rhode Island. Testifying before legislative committees and writing op-eds between classes, he began to learn the ins and outs of effective advocacy.
Joining MPP in 2014 as Rhode Island political director, he helped build and continues to lead an influential statewide coalition, Regulate Rhode Island, with the goal of legalizing marijuana like alcohol. With dozens of member organizations and hundreds of volunteers across the state, the coalition has steadily made progress in the Rhode Island General Assembly, and 2019 may be the year Rhode Island ends marijuana prohibition. Jared also played a role in the 2016 Massachusetts legalization campaign as field director and currently assists multiple efforts to reform laws in other states.
Motivated by a passion for social justice, Jared hopes to see the day when lives are no longer ruined by marijuana arrests.
Beginning Year: 2014