Last updated on: 11/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“To ensure the proper medical use of marijuana, licensed physicians should not be punished for authorizing the use of marijuana to seriously ill people, and seriously ill people should not be penalized for using marijuana if their physicians have advised them that such use is likely to be beneficial.”

“Mission Statement,” mpp.org (accessed Nov. 18, 2008)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“MPP effects policy change by lobbying Congress and state legislatures, running statewide ballot initiative campaigns, and activating grassroots supporters nationwide. In addition, MPP provides strategic advice and other support to allies working on similar projects (as well as organizers of local ballot initiatives).

MPP also has a Political Action Committee -- the MPP Medical Marijuana PAC -- which supports candidates for federal office who have taken action or pledged to take action to ensure that patients have safe and legal access to marijuana for medical purposes.

MPP Foundation educates the public through mainstream news outlets; publishes a variety of briefing papers and other materials; and challenges the illegal actions of the White House drug policy office that works to maintain the criminal traffic in marijuana.”

“Mission Statement,” mpp.org (accessed Nov. 18, 2008)

Mission:

“MPP and MPP Foundation believe that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment. Therefore, MPP and MPP Foundation are working to change U.S. policies to remove criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their physicians.”

“Mission Statement,” mpp.org (accessed Nov. 18, 2008)

Other:
Nonprofit 501(c)3 and 501(c)4
Quoted in:
  1. Who Are the Patients Receiving Medical Marijuana through the Federal Government's Compassionate IND Program?
  2. Has Legalizing Medical Marijuana Led to Increased Drug Abuse among Children and Adolescents?
  3. What Is the US government's Compassionate Investigational New Drug (IND) Program for Medical Marijuana?