The Marijuana Policy Project
There have been more than ten million marijuana arrests in the United States since 1965.
The 1994 total of 481,098 marijuana arrests was the highest in U.S. history. That's one arrest every 66 seconds!
And the criminal penalties for marijuana are often far more damaging than the use of the substance itself:
bail money * attorney fees * court costs * fines * property forfeiture * life-long criminal records ... and prison.Every year, tens of thousands of nonviolent, productive, otherwise law-abiding citizens are locked in cages with the most dangerous criminals in our society.
More than 35,000 marijuana offenders are in prison or jail right now. (http://www.mpp.org/arrest94.html)
Altogether, taxpayers spend nearly $8 billion a year to hunt down, arrest, try, and incarcerate marijuana consumers.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in January 1995 to lobby for marijuana law reform on the federal level. The MPP serves to develop and promote policies to minimize the harm associated with marijuana. (http://www.mpp.org/mission.html)
The present marijuana laws and policies cause more problems than they solve. The MPP argues that marijuana prohibition should be replaced by reasonable regulations and restrictions.
The MPP has filled a long-standing void as the first organization in more than a decade to serve primarily as a federal marijuana law-reform lobby.
Thus far, the MPP has focused on reducing federal sentences for marijuana cultivation and lobbying Congress and the Clinton administration to make marijuana legally available for medicinal uses.
The MPP was successful in helping to change the federal sentencing guidelines, which allowed 950 marijuana prisoners to apply for early release and which will ensure shorter sentences for thousands more in years to come. (http://www.mpp.org/nov1vict.html)
We need your support! You can be an important part of the anti-prohibition movement for freedom, justice and compassion.
The MPP is working to chip away at the excesses of the current prohibitionist policies, gradually replacing them with reasonable regulations.
The MPP is pursuing four priority goals:
(1) REFORMING FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES (http://www.mpp.org/guidelines.html)
The MPP's daily activities typically include:
"The MPP has arrived on the Washington stage at the right time. After a quick start-up, they are having a real impact on policymakers." -- Eric E. Sterling, J.D., counsel, House Judiciary Committee, 1979-1989 "As a person with AIDS wasting syndrome, I find the work of the MPP vital to me and to the thousands of others who have found marijuana an effective and important tool in our therapeutic arsenal. MPP leads this fight against an irrational and politically motivated policy." -- Kiyoshi Kuromiya, member of the NIH AIDS Research Program Evaluation Working Group "I have been extremely gratified to see the MPP working in effective collaboration with DPF and a variety of other reform organizations. Not only do they work hard, but they know the issues and how to craft their arguments." -- David Condliffe, executive director, Drug Policy Foundation
HOW TO SUPPORT THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT:
To support the MPP's work and receive the bimonthly (hard-copy) newsletter, "Marijuana Policy Report," please send $25.00 annual membership dues to:
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) P.O. Box 77492 Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. 20013 202-462-5747 TEL 202-232-0442 FAX INFO@MPP.ORG http://www.mpp.org
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