MPP Federal Action Center

http://mpp.org/federal-action/

Welcome to MPP’s Federal Action Center

MPP’s quick and easy online system allows you to communicate with decision-makers in Washington, D.C. By following the links below, you can generate support for important marijuana policy reforms in Congress and at the White House. It only takes a few minutes to make a difference.  

Featured Actions

H.R. 2943: Support the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act 

 

Please use this action to ask your member of Congress to support decriminalizing marijuana. 

 

H.R. 2835: Support the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act 

 

Please use this action to ask your member of Congress to make medical marijuana available as a prescription nationwide and keep the federal government out of state medical marijuana laws. 

H.R. 3939: Support the Truth In Trials Act 

 

Please use this action to help medical marijuana patients present an affirmative defense in federal court. Currently, patients using marijuana legally under state law cannot defend themselves in federal court. 

Current Actions

Support the Major Drug Trafficking Prosecution Act of 2009 

H.R. 1466 would eliminate all mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders. 

Support the National Criminal Justice Act of 2009 

E-mail your senator about this bill, which would create a commission to study, among other things, America’s punitive marijuana laws. 

Demand answers on Bush-era medical marijuana raid 

Just days after Attorney General Eric Holder called for an end to medical marijuana raids, DEA agents in San Francisco broke rank and did just that. 

End the D.C. medical marijuana ban 

Although Washington, D.C. passed a ballot initiative to allow medical marijuana use in 1998, with an overwhelming 70% of the vote, Congress has thwarted the will of D.C. voters and prevented the law from taking effect. 

Stop Wasting Tax Dollars on the Drug Czar’s Ad Campaign 

Join MPP’s ongoing campaign to fight funding for the White House drug czar’s wasteful, misleading, and ineffective anti-marijuana campaigns. Please urge Congress to cut funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. 

Tell President Obama to Open a Federal Medical Marijuana Program 

From 1978 to 1992, the federal government ran a program for medical marijuana patients called the IND Compassionate Access Program. As a result, three patients, grandfathered into the program, still receive medical marijuana from the federal government for the treatment of serious illnesses. Please help urge President Obama to reopen this important and compassionate program. 

  


 

Past Action Items

These bills are no longer active because they were introduced in a past Congress. Choose an item below to see the results of your work. 

H.R. 5843: the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008 

H.R. 5843 would have removed criminal penalties for possession of up to 100 grams of marijuana and the not-for-profit transfer of one ounce (28.3 grams) of marijuana.
 

H.R. 5842: the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act 

H.R. 5842 would have ended marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I drug and would have allowed states to determine their own medical marijuana policies without federal interference. 

Opponents Threaten to Make the D.C. Medical Marijuana Ban Permanent 

Since 2001, Congress has prohibited Washington, D.C. from changing the penalties associated with marijuana possession or use – thwarting the will of 70% of D.C. voters, who in 1998 passed a ballot initiative to provide safe and legal access to medical marijuana for seriously ill patients. In 2008, opponents attempted to make this ban on medical marijuana in D.C. permanent.
 

  

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