By Rob Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project
Eighteen years ago today, the Marijuana Policy Project was founded with the intention of ending marijuana prohibition. I am enormously proud of how far we have come, but I am even more excited about what lies ahead.
Lawmakers are introducing good bills in state legislatures around the country, support among elected officials and the public is growing rapidly, and reporters are consistently asking us which states will be the next to reform their marijuana laws.
Here is what I think we can reasonably accomplish by the end of 2013:
1. Decriminalize marijuana possession in Vermont.
2. Legalize medical marijuana in New Hampshire.
3. Build support for legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol in Rhode Island.
4. Increase support for tax and regulate proposals in California, Maine, and Oregon.
5. Build MPP's number of supporters online.
6. Continue the steady, positive drumbeat in the news media.
7. Achieve a record vote for medical marijuana legislation in the U.S. House.
8. Build support in Congress for ending marijuana prohibition nationally.
You can read more about these plans here.
As you can see, we have our work cut out for us. The good news is that all of these goals are very achievable. But that's only if we have sufficient resources to accomplish all of this.
To honor our 18th anniversary and help us achieve these victories in 2013, our friends at MedBox have generously offered to match every online donation we receive through the end of this month, up to a total of $10,000.
With your help, we can accomplish all of our goals this year. Many thanks ...