© iStock-KingWu Marijuana Policy Project Communications Manager Violet Cavendish explores the growing push for adult use legalisation in Arizona.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the nation’s leading organisation focused solely on cannabis policy reform with the mission to end prohibition. In this article MPP discusses cannabis policy reform in the US.
MPP currently focuses most of its resources on changes at the state level. As with the end of alcohol prohibition, MPP believes the end of cannabis prohibition is being driven by states that reject the federal position. State laws transform the lives of millions, create enormous business opportunities; and produce pro-legalisation constituents for members of Congress, which adds to the increasing pressure at the federal level to legalise cannabis.
Most of MPP’s efforts and resources are allocated where we can pass comprehensive, inclusive cannabis policy reform. Not only is this the most effective way to pressure Congress, but it also establishes a strong foundation of support when the time is right for MPP to lead the effort on Capitol Hill to end cannabis prohibition nationwide.
Spearheading cannabis policy reform
Since 1995, MPP has spearheaded most of the major state-level cannabis policy reforms in the United States. Initially, MPP focused almost entirely on medical cannabis laws. Along with MPP-backed campaign committees, MPP played a leading role in successfully passing 13 state medical cannabis laws in Arizona, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont.
MPP also led efforts to legalise cannabis in eight of the 11 states that have implemented laws legalising cannabis for adult use. MPP’s first adult use legalisation success started with drafting, funding, and staffing Colorado’s historic Amendment 64 initiative in 2012, which made the state the first place in history to legalise cannabis for adults and regulate it