MPP Ranks Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011


The Fix

​So now that other organizations’ and TV networks’ various Top 10 lists are out of the way, the Marijuana Policy Project says it can safely release its annual Top 10 list without getting caught in all the clutter.
According to MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia, the following list comprises the 10 most significant, positive developments relating to marijuana policy reform in the U.S. in 2011.
To see explanations for each of the 10 items, you can read Kampia’s column in the Huffington Post today, Friday, January 13.
1.  Congress de-funds the White House Drug Czar’s ad campaign.
2.  MPP’s ideal bill is finally introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ron Paul and Barney Frank — a bill that would let states determine their own marijuana policies without federal interference.
3.  Public support for “making marijuana legal” reaches an all-time high of 50 percent.

5.  Maryland and Vermont improve their medical marijuana laws.
6.  Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, and D.C. implement/expand their medical marijuana laws.
7.  Arkansas and Connecticut lower their penalties for marijuana possession.
8.  World leaders reject the Drug War and advocate marijuana decriminalization via the “Global Commission on Drug Policy.”
9.  Ron Paul shakes up the political debate by relentlessly criticizing the Drug War during his presidential campaign.
10.  Governors ask the federal government to reschedule marijuana.