As you can see in our strategic plan, 2017 will be another ambitious year for MPP. Please help us make this year as productive and successful as the last. If you like what you see, would you please donate to our work?
Medical marijuana through state legislatures
Thanks in large part to MPP’s efforts over the last 20+ years, medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and D.C. In 2016, MPP worked with patient advocates and their loved ones to enact medical marijuana laws in Pennsylvania and Ohio. We also assisted with successful medical-marijuana initiative efforts in Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota.
Decriminalization through state legislatures
Last year, we led the successful effort to decriminalize marijuana in Illinois, making marijuana possession a ticketable offense, rather than leading to arrest and jail. In 2017, we’ll continue working to decriminalize possession in New Hampshire and Texas.
Legalization through state legislatures
In 2017, we’ll lobby to legalize marijuana in Vermont — where the state Senate became the first in the nation to approve such a bill in 2016 — and Rhode Island. We’ll also continue making progress toward enacting similar measures in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Hampshire, and Texas between now and 2019. The proposals are similar to the legalization laws in eight states.
Legalization through ballot initiatives
MPP and its campaign committees led coalition efforts in support of statewide legalization initiatives in November 2016 in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Three of the four measures passed, and the fourth — Arizona’s — received 48% of the vote. We also assisted with the successful California legalization initiative campaign in November 2016. We’ll continue to monitor implementation of these initiatives.
This year, we’ll begin work on potential 2018 ballot initiative campaigns, including a legalization initiative in Michigan and possible medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Utah.
In 2017, MPP will continue to lay the foundation for our campaign to end federal marijuana prohibition by 2021. To this end, we will aggressively build a coalition of individuals, organizations, and entities that support ending federal prohibition of marijuana; influence Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the DOJ with the goal being retaining the Cole Memo enforcement directive allowing states to continue reform; reintroduce and build support for Rep. Rohrabacher’s Respect States’ Rights bill in the House and Sen. Sanders’ Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in the Senate; and reintroduce the tax and regulate package and continue building support for it.
We’ll also continue laying the foundation for passage of legislation to end the federal prohibition of medical marijuana by reintroducing the CARERS Act, or a bill substantially similar.
In addition, we’ll continue to effectively use the appropriations process to further annual reform (such as by ensuring the Rohrabacher/Farr amendment, which prevents the DOJ from interfering with state medical marijuana laws, is once again approved); build support for other stand-alone legislation; manage and disburse PAC funds to candidates who will help advance our agenda in Congress; and educate public/the Hill on issues that relate to federal marijuana policy reform.
National and local media outlets are covering the marijuana issue more than ever before. Communicating to voters through news coverage is the most cost-effective way to increase public support for ending marijuana prohibition, so we need to keep the issue in the news.
In 2017, we are continuing to build our online presence by steadily increasing traffic to our website, growing our list of email subscribers, and expanding our presence on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. All of our online/social media properties help us educate our supporters and the public about how we’re working to reform outdated and ineffective marijuana policies.
To this end, MPP is undertaking two massive projects to improve MPP’s infrastructure in 2017. First, we are continuing to overhaul MPP’s website to reduce the number of pages and improve compatibility with mobile devices. Second, MPP is partnering with an outside firm to dramatically increase the number of email subscribers and therefore expand MPP’s ability to inform the public, mobilize supporters, and raise money.
Last updated: February 6, 2017