MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
Someone is arrested for a marijuana offense every 48 seconds. 87% of these arrests are for marijuana possession — not for sale or manufacturing. In the U.S., there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined.
Marijuana prohibition has failed.
It's time for a new approach, and MPP is leading the way. Since our founding in 1995, we've been making real progress in reforming U.S. marijuana laws, by:
Lobbying for legislation and running ballot initiative campaigns to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with their doctors' recommendations
Lobbying for legislation and sponsoring ballot initiatives to replace marijuana prohibition with a sensible system of regulation
Garnering widespread media coverage of the need to change marijuana policies
Lobbying Congress to reduce the White House drug czar's budget for his deceptive ad campaigns
Building coalitions of supportive individuals and organizations to advocate on behalf of marijuana policy reform
and much more.
Because MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison, we focus on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.