The use, sale, and possession of cannabis over 0.3% THC in the United States, despite state laws, is illegal under federal law. However, individual states have enacted legislation permitting exemptions for medical and adult use.
MPP is leading the effort in Washington, D.C. to pass federal medical marijuana legislation, as well as to end federal marijuana prohibition and allow states to replace it with a system of sensible regulation and control. For more information on our past and present work, visit our Federal Policy page and take action to support our work.
In Your State
MPP also works for sensible marijuana policies at the state level, and our grassroots and lobbying campaigns have changed several laws. MPP provided the bulk of the funding, staff, and expertise to the 2012 Colorado initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults 21 and older — which made the state the first place in history to legalize marijuana for adults and regulate it like alcohol. In 2014, MPP followed up with the successful campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in Alaska. Then, in 2016, MPP spearheaded the legalization initiatives that voters enacted in Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Most recently, MPP — working with local partners — led the successful 2018 initiatives to legalize marijuana in Michigan and medical cannabis in Utah. Along with our allies, we aim to pass several more laws to regulate marijuana like alcohol by 2020.