Marijuana Policy Project
MPP, which was founded in January 1995, is the largest organization in the U.S. that's focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition. MPP's mission is to change federal law to allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without federal interference, as well as to regulate marijuana like alcohol in all 50 states, D.C., and the five territories. MPP has been responsible for changing most of the state marijuana laws that have been reformed since 2000, including the legalization of marijuana in Colorado in November 2012; Alaska in 2014; Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada in 2016; and Michigan in 2018. MPP also assisted on the California campaign in 2016. MPP's team spearheaded the campaign that resulted in Vermont becoming the first state to legalize marijuana legislatively in 2018. MPP is actually composed of two separate organizations - MPP, founded in 1995, is the main branch that deals with lobbying and ballot initiatives, and MPP Foundation, founded in 1996, is the tax-deductible educational branch. In addition, MPP has state committees in the states where MPP is running ballot initiatives; these state committees are formed and closed every few years. MPP has approximately 20 employees; this includes a full-time lobbyist on Capitol Hill. In addition, MPP has lobbyists on retainer in a number of states capitals around the country.
MISSION STATEMENT: 1) Increase public support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 2) Identify and activate supporters of non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies. 3) Change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for the medical and non-medical use of marijuana. 4) Gain influence in Congress. VISION STATEMENT: MPP and MPP Foundation envision a nation where marijuana is legally regulated similarly to alcohol, marijuana education is honest and realistic, and treatment for problem marijuana users is non-coercive and geared toward reducing harm.