"The position on cannabis policy put forth by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force is disappointing but not surprising. Joe Biden has been out of touch with the strong majority of Americans who support legalization," Violet Cavendish, communications manager at the Marijuana Policy Project, told Newsweek.
"Consumers choose to grow their own or purchase from unregulated sources," said Matt Simon, New England Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "This won't change until more patients and consumers begin to believe that licensed retailers are their best option for obtaining cannabis."
"We are privileged to have the opportunity to partner with MPP and to raise significant money to aid in legalization and decriminalization efforts nationwide." — Jim Turner, Managing Director, Kannabis Kings Apparel LLC
Cannabis-related measures can help reform racial disparities in the criminal justice system, Karen O’Keefe, Marijuana Policy Project’s Director of State Policies, said. They can also generate much-needed tax revenue and jobs. “It fits into both of the major issues the country is grappling with,” she said.
“The mood is jubilant. People are very happy with the numbers we’re turning in,” Jared Moffat, Campaigns Coordinator at the Marijuana Policy Project, which has played a major role in the Nebraska campaign, told Leafly. “There’s obviously a lot more work to do, but it’s a great day to take stock in how far we’ve come.”
“Marijuana prohibition has historically targeted people of color and minorities and disproportionately affected them,” said Violet Cavendish, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group. “But I think it’s important to acknowledge this and not completely erase the term marijuana, because then doing so erases the history behind it and it’s easier to move on without understanding that policies have been using this word to target minorities.”
"I don’t think we should assume the opposition is just going to let this go through without challenges, but I’m still pretty confident that we’re going to make it," Jared Moffat, MPP's campaigns coordinator, told Cannabis Wire.
“I’ve really never seen this kind of grassroots mobilization,” Jared Moffat, campaigns coordinator for MPP, said of the drive during the last couple of weeks from a largely volunteer team. It would have been much less challenging to qualify without COVID, Moffat said, “because there is a lot of support for this.”
“As the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus has recognized, full legalization is needed,” said Steve Hawkins, executive director of MPP. “While decriminalization is long overdue, legalization is necessary to dramatically reduce police-civilian interactions and remove the pretext for countless police stops.”