Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

January 14th, 2012 by admin Leave a reply »

So now that other organizations’ and TV networks’ various top-10 lists are out of the way, the Marijuana Policy Project can safely release its annual top-10 list without getting caught in the clutter and the bluster.

The following list comprises the 10 most significant, positive developments relating to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. in 2011. Enjoy!

1. Congress defunds drug czar’s ad campaign: In 1998, Congress and President Clinton enacted a law creating the “National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign,” which received an average of $186 million of taxpayer money annually over its first five years. MPP lobbied Congress for the last decade to eliminate this program, which was eventually funded with “only” $35 million in 2011. Finally, on December 23, Congress and President Obama entirely eliminated funding for the ads for 2012!

2. Our ideal bill is finally introduced in Congress: On June 23, Congressmen Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced a bill that would let states determine their own marijuana policies — not just medical-marijuana policies — without federal interference. MPP had lobbied Congress for five years to initiate this legislation, which MPP helped draft. As of today, 21 House members are sponsoring this legislation.

3. Public support for legalization reaches all-time high: On October 17, the Gallup organization announced that public support for “making marijuana legal” rose to 50% for the first time ever. This means that support has been rising by 1.5% annually since 1995.


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