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The Marijuana Policy Project's strategy for this year
    #2324257 - 02/11/04 03:09 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

What are your thoughts on this strategy?

Dear Friend:

As you will see in the 2004 strategic plan below, this year will be
the most ambitious, bold, and expensive year ever for marijuana policy
reform in the United States.

Bigger than in 1977, when President Jimmy Carter pledged to
decriminalize marijuana. And bigger than in 1996, when California
became the first state to make it legal for patients to use and grow
medical marijuana.

Please expect to receive approximately two e-mail alerts per week
until Election Day in November. Each alert will keep you apprised of
different aspects of the Marijuana Policy Project's work across the
United States. In addition, each alert will contain a standard footer
that will update you on the overall progress of our fundraising
program, starting with this alert.

If you like what you see below, please consider visiting
http://www.mpp.org/donate0901 to donate early to our work.



1. ALASKA: The Alaska state government just announced that a ballot
initiative to remove all penalties for adult marijuana use will
appear on the November 2004 general election ballot. (Please see
http://Alaska2004.org .) We have already hired three campaign
staffers and opened an office in Anchorage to spearhead this
high-profile campaign.

2. NEVADA: For three weeks in November 2003, we ran TV ads (see
http://StopTeenUse.com ) in the Reno media market which
explained that 67% of Nevada teenagers have used marijuana under
the current prohibitionist system, as compared to only 28% of
their counterparts in Holland. According to our polling, this ad
succeeded in boosting support for marijuana regulation. We will
continue to run similar ads in Nevada until -- at some point in
the future -- there is sufficient public support to pass a
marijuana regulation initiative (similar to the one that failed
in November 2002) in Nevada.

3. "WAR ON DRUG CZAR" CAMPAIGN: Thanks to MPP's collaboration with
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), the White House drug czar's office
is under investigation for illegally using taxpayer money to
urge prosecutors across the country to lobby for harsher
marijuana penalties. MPP is also about to sue the Nevada
Secretary of State to force him to require Drug Czar John
Walters to file campaign finance reports for the taxpayer money
he spent to oppose our 2002 ballot initiative. And, of course,
we are continuing to lobby Congress to eliminate all funding for
the drug czar's deceptive $145,000,000 advertising campaign.

4. ORGANIZING CELEBRITIES: MPP has just hired a full-time employee
in Hollywood for the sole purpose of organizing celebrities to
speak out in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. MPP will
elaborate on this in a future e-mail alert.

5. CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION: We will soon announce the
introduction of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. House of
Representatives that would end the federal government's war on
marijuana entirely. Once this bill is introduced, we will ask
you and other allies to lobby your three members of Congress to
sponsor this legislation. After a few years of lobbying,
committee hearings and votes, and a lively national debate, we
intend for Congress to pass this legislation so that states will
be allowed to implement their own marijuana laws without federal



1. TWO STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES: Every state and national public
opinion poll ever conducted shows that a clear majority of
voters support the removal of criminal penalties for the medical
use of marijuana. To increase the pressure on Congress to change
federal law, MPP will be placing medical marijuana initiatives
on the ballots of two states in November 2004.

are retaining professional lobbyists in the capitals of these
five states for the purpose of passing our medical marijuana
legislation through each state legislature, similar to how
Hawaii and Maryland passed medical marijuana bills in 2000 and
2003, respectively. The five state legislatures will debate and
vote on our bills between now and this summer.

mailings to physicians nationwide, we are building a coalition
of 15,000 supportive physicians who will lobby their state
legislators and members of Congress, testify at committee
hearings, and do media interviews in support of MPP's state and
federal medical marijuana bills.

4. CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION: We are working with U.S. Sen. Richard
Durbin (D-IL) to gather co-sponsors for the first-ever medical
marijuana bill in the Senate, which will be introduced this
month. In the meantime, we are organizing grassroots supporters
in the districts of 70 swing House members who -- when added to
the 156 House members who are already supportive -- will take us
past the 218 votes we need to pass medical marijuana legislation
on the House floor. Our next House floor vote is expected in
June or July.

outcome of the House floor vote this coming summer will
determine the two or three House members we will be targeting
for defeat in November 2004. We intend to demonstrate to members
of Congress that their political futures depend, in part, on
voting for MPP's medical marijuana legislation.


Please consider visiting http://www.mpp.org/donate0901 if you support
this strategic plan for 2004.

By supporting our work, you will also be empowering us to engage in
the day-to-day battles that come up, including (1) debating White
House officials on national television, (2) filing a complaint with
the FCC against Comcast to overturn Comcast's current ban on all
marijuana policy reform ads, and (3) lobbying Congress to defeat
Congressman Ernest Istook's (R-OK) amendment that would prohibit all
local transit systems that receive federal money from running any
marijuana policy ads reform ... and, if we fail in Congress, then
suing to overturn the Istook amendment in court.

As you can see, we're busy, and we can't do this without your help.
Thank you, as always, for your support.


Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.

P.S. Donations to MPP are not tax-deductible. To make a tax-deductible
donation, please direct it to MPP Foundation instead. The mailing
address for both organizations is P.O. Box 77492, Washington,
D.C. 20013.

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Re: The Marijuana Policy Project's strategy for this year [Re: Lothar121]
    #2324635 - 02/11/04 04:35 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

ever consider signing up for the DPA newsletter?

they are another great reform organization.


All I know is The Growery is a place where losers who get banned here go.

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Re: The Marijuana Policy Project's strategy for this year [Re: afoaf]
    #2326798 - 02/12/04 02:38 PM (14 years, 4 months ago)

marijuana will never be legal, forget about it...politicians are to concerned with "terrorism" etc. right now, the last thing on their minds is a bunch of hippies (no offense, I am one) that want pot legalized/decriminalized.

"...now waters run free, no more fish in the sea..."

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Re: The Marijuana Policy Project's strategy for this year [Re: Cubieman420]
    #2328979 - 02/13/04 01:35 AM (14 years, 4 months ago)

I bet one state in America will legalize marijuana and than they will have a huge supreme court battle with Federal jurisdiction in State government. Maybe that one state can overturn whole federal rulings.

Its slowly happening in Canada and U.K..

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