Marijuana Policy Project

With more than 26,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
For First Time in History, a State Generates More Annual Tax Revenue From Marijuana Sales Than From Alcohol Sales
DENVER — For the first time in history, a state has generated more annual revenue from taxes imposed on marijuana than from taxes imposed on alcohol. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, the state collected nearly $70 million in marijuana-specific taxes and just under $42 million in...
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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
World’s First Legal Adult Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado
At 8 a.m. MT on Wednesday, approximately three-dozen state-licensed marijuana retail stores in Colorado began legally selling marijuana to adults 21 years of age and older. The state is the first jurisdiction in the world to establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. Colorado made marijuana legal for adults in November 2012 when 55% of voters approved a statewide ballot initiative known as Amendment 64.
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Vermont Legislature Approves Marijuana Decriminalization Measure; Gov. Shumlin Expected to Sign Bill Into Law
State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a measure that will decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana in Vermont. The bill will now be transmitted to Gov. Peter Shumlin, who is expected to sign it into law in coming weeks, at which time Vermont will become the 17th state in the nation to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Poll: Three Out of Four Washington, D.C. Voters Want to Remove Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession Under District Law
Three out of four Washington, D.C. voters would support changing District law to replace criminal penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket, according to a survey conducted last week by Public Policy Polling. Two-thirds (67%) said they believe law enforcement resources currently being used by District police to arrest individuals for marijuana possession should be directed toward other crimes.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Bipartisan Bill Introduced in Congress to Immunize Individuals Acting in Compliance With State Marijuana Laws
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher introduced legislation today in Congress that would modify the federal Controlled Substances Act so that anyone acting in compliance with a state marijuana law would be immune from federal prosecution.
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Thursday, April 04, 2013
New Pew Poll Finds Majority of Americans Now Support Making Marijuana Legal
The Pew Research Center announced today that, for the first time in its 40 years of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans (52%) support making marijuana legal. Just 45% said they think marijuana should remain illegal. Its report on the survey notes that a Gallup poll conducted in 1969 found just 12% supported making marijuana legal and 84% were opposed.
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Friday, March 29, 2013
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect MONDAY in Rhode Island
Possession of small amounts of marijuana will no longer carry criminal penalties in Rhode Island when a law adopted last year officially takes effect on Monday.
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Friday, March 08, 2013
State Lawmakers Will Hold Hearing on First-Ever Bill to Regulate and Tax Marijuana Like Alcohol in Maryland
On Thursday, state lawmakers scheduled a hearing on the first-ever bill to make marijuana legal for adults 21 and older in Maryland and establish a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed like alcohol. Just hours later, a key Senate committee approved a separate bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Medical Marijuana Moves Forward in Illinois
A bill to allow Illinois residents to use medical marijuana in the treatment of their debilitating medical conditions moved one step closer to becoming law Wednesday when it was approved 11-4 by the House Health and Human Services Committee. It will now be considered by the full 118-member House of Representatives.
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Monday, February 18, 2013
Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana for Seriously Ill Patients Introduced in West Virginia
Delegate Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) introduced a bill today to allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it. It has been referred to the House Health and Human Resources Committee, and advocates are calling on the committee to hold a hearing on the bill. Similar bills have been denied hearings in the past two legislative sessions.
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