American lobbying organization, works to minimize harm associated with marijuana

Reference

Marijuana Policy Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Marijuana Policy Project, or MPP is an organization in the United States 'working to minimize the harm associated with marijuana'. MPP advocates taxing and regulating the possession and sale of marijuana, arguing that a regulated marijuana industry would separate purchasers from the street market for cocaine, heroin, and other hard drugs. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, MPP's activities forced public health officials to expend unprecedented amounts of time and resources fighting legalization initiatives. ..."

Address

Washington, DC

Mission

MPP's Mission and Vision
"MPP pursues its work along two parallel tracks — making marijuana medically available to patients in need (known as 'legalizing medical marijuana'), and taxing and regulating marijuana for general adult use (known as 'marijuana regulation'). ..."

Articles

Marijuana advocates play it straight in D.C.: Clean-cut lobbyists know stigma makes lawmakers wary, by Marc Sandalow, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2005
"Neither Congress nor the Justice Department has shown much sympathy for the organization's agenda of legalizing the use of medicinal marijuana and reducing penalties for recreational use. ... The Marijuana Policy Project has 18 full-time staffers in Washington, one in San Francisco and another in Los Angeles. It boasts 17,000 dues-paying members and more than 150,000 e-mail subscribers ..."