Washington -- The new MPP Medical Marijuana PAC, the first federal political action committee focused on the medical marijuana issue, announced its first contributions today. Contributions were made to a bipartisan group of six candidates in closely contested races.
The mission of the MPP Medical Marijuana PAC is to support candidates for federal elected office who have taken action, or have pledged to take action, to ensure that physician-approved patients have safe and legal access to medical marijuana.

It will also oppose officeholders who have worked against such protections for patients, and it will strategically focus on closely contested races. The initial round of contributions -- $1,000 each -- went to the following candidates:

Paul Babbitt (D) ...... AZ 1 (Flagstaff, Prescott, and Navajo reservation)

Bob Beauprez (R) ...... CO 7 (Lakewood and parts of Arvada and Aurora)

Michael Michaud (D) ... ME 2 (Lewiston and Bangor)

Jon Porter (R) ........ NV 3 (Las Vegas suburbs)

Tim Bishop (D) ........ NY 1 (Hamptons, Brookhaven, and Smithtown)

Rick Larsen (D) ....... WA 2 (Bellingham and most of Everett)

(All are incumbents except Babbitt, who is running against incumbent Rep. Rick Renzi (R))

"This is the next step in the evolution of medical marijuana as a political issue," said Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) in Washington, D.C. "We have informed elected officials about the widespread public support for the issue, we have lobbied members of Congress and their staffs directly, and we have activated our grassroots. Now it is time to provide financial support to those who are willing to support medical marijuana."

"National and statewide polling consistently shows public support for medical marijuana in the 75 to 80 percent range," Fox added. "Eventually, elected officials will realize that supporting medical marijuana is a political no-brainer. Not only will it help them at the polls, but it will also enhance their fundraising."

Contact: Marijuana Policy Project
Bruce Mirken - 202-543-7972

Source: Common Dreams (ME)
Published: February 26, 2004
Copyright: 2004 Common Dreams
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