Overview of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
MPP, which was founded in January 1995, is the largest organization in the U.S. that’s focused solely on ending marijuana prohibition.
MPP’s mission is to change federal law to allow states to determine their own marijuana policies without federal interference, as well as to regulate marijuana like alcohol in all 50 states, D.C., and the five territories.
MPP has been responsible for changing most major state-level marijuana policy reforms since 2000.
MPP is actually composed of three separate organizations — MPP, founded in 1995, is the main branch that deals with lobbying and ballot initiatives; MPP Foundation, founded in 1996, is the tax-deductible educational branch; and MPP PAC, founded in 2003, is a branch that donates to congressional candidates. In addition, MPP has state committees in the states where MPP is running ballot initiatives; these state committees are formed and closed every few years.
For the three aforementioned core organizations, the annual budgets are usually $5,000,000, $4,000,000, and $100,000, respectively.
MPP typically has approximately 40 employees, two-thirds of whom are based in MPP’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.; this includes a full-time lobbyist on Capitol Hill. In addition, MPP has lobbyists on retainer in a number of states capitals around the country