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Rob Kampia
Rob Kampia is co-founder and executive director of MPP. A high school valedictorian and straight-A student, he served three months in prison for growing his own marijuana for personal use at Penn State University and was elected student body president two years later at that same school.

Upon graduating with honors from Penn State in 1993 with a degree in Engineering Science and a minor in English, he moved to Washington, D.C., for the purpose of ending the government’s war on marijuana users. He co-founded MPP in 1995; within two years, MPP established itself as the leading organization on Capitol Hill to call for the repeal of marijuana prohibition.

Rob has testified before legislative committees in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Vermont, Washington state, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

He has debated the marijuana issue on national TV dozens of times against then-White House deputy drug czar Andrea Barthwell, then-Congressman Bob Barr (R-Ga.), then-DEA administrator Asa Hutchinson, former California attorney general Dan Lungren, and other prohibitionists.

Rob helped author most of the medical marijuana laws that are now on the books in 14 states.

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Entries by Rob Kampia

2016 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for Marijuana Policy Reform

(53) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 11:39 AM

I don't often use superlatives, but it's easy to say that 2016 will be the most significant year yet in the battle to repeal marijuana prohibition in the United States.

Up until now, the two biggest years were 1996, when California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, and...

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The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

(23) Comments | Posted December 23, 2015 | 2:54 PM

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.

Most of the action in 2015 was aimed at achieving substantial victories in 2016, which is slated to be the most successful year in the...

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On Marijuana Policy, Congress Needs to Pick Up Where It Left Off

(22) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:00 PM

Now that Congress has returned from its August recess, it's time for members to debate and vote on the annual budget that will fund the federal government from October of this year through September of next year. And various marijuana amendments will be a part of these discussions.

Much has...

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How Is Marijuana Policy Factoring into the Presidential Campaign?

(14) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 4:37 PM

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) recently released its quadrennial report card detailing the most prominent presidential candidates' positions on marijuana policy.

To be sure, most voters aren't single-issue marijuana voters (on either side of the legalization issue). Most voters make their decisions after processing a soup of...

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As 10 maiores vitórias da maconha nos EUA em 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Desde que o Marijuana Policy Project foi fundado, há 20 anos, eu escrevo uma lista de 10 vitórias ao final de cada ano. 2014 foi o melhor ou o segundo melhor desses últimos 20 anos, dependendo de como você avaliar as vitórias da legalização no Colorado e em Washington em...

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The Top 10 Marijuana Victories in 2014

(20) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 7:40 AM

Since the Marijuana Policy Project was founded 20 years ago, I've oftentimes written a list of the top 10 victories at the end of each year. 2014 was either the best or second-best year in 20 years, depending on how you weigh the legalization victories in Colorado and Washington in...

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What's Next for Marijuana Legalization?

(16) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 8:25 AM

In the wake of the big election victories on November 4, many people are asking, "What's next for the push to legalize marijuana in the United States?"

It generally falls into four buckets:

1. Legalizing Marijuana for Adults in 11 More States and D.C.

Measures to regulate marijuana like alcohol...

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The Top 10 Marijuana Developments in 2013

(17) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:45 PM

This is my annual survey of the most significant marijuana policy developments in the United States.

This means it excludes foreign developments, such as Uruguay becoming the first nation to legalize marijuana. It also omits scientific developments, which I prefer to leave to other experts.

1. Public Opinion...

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Three Myths About the Marijuana Lobby

(146) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Now that support for making marijuana legal has reached 58 percent nationwide, according to the prestigious Gallup organization, opponents of marijuana legalization are now trotting out arguments that were only used in impolite company years ago.

Let's review the arguments of prohibitionists who are squirming right now, because...

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Most Americans Now Live in States That Have Rejected Marijuana Prohibition

(82) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 8:21 AM

The marijuana policy reform movement reached a significant milestone this month when Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the nation's fifth-largest state.

With medical marijuana officially on the books in Illinois -- as well as in New Hampshire, where a similar...

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The IRS Is Also Abusing 'Marijuana'

(16) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:59 AM

Many people were shocked by recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted organizations it perceived to be critical of the government.

I wasn't shocked in the least.

Long before the IRS began singling out groups with the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their names, "marijuana" was...

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Marijuana Movement Following the Steps of the Gay Rights Movement

(12) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:28 PM

I have been saying for years that the movement to end marijuana prohibition has been following in the footsteps of the movement in support of gay rights, particularly marriage equality. Recent polling and legislative victories have made the connection even clearer to me, as well as many in...

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Ending Marijuana Prohibition in 2013

(97) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Unless people have been hiding under a rock this past couple months, they know that more than 55 percent of voters in Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana on November 6. As a result, many people have grand expectations of how we're going to get closer to ending marijuana prohibition in...

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Top 10 Marijuana Victories of 2012

(32) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 12:40 PM

This past year was undeniably the most productive 365-day period in the history of the marijuana policy reform movement. There were a number of significant accomplishments, but here is the Marijuana Policy Project's list of the "Top 10 Marijuana Victories of 2012." As with our previous annual lists,...

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What Are the Next States to Legalize Marijuana?

(75) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 2:30 PM

After the marijuana-policy-reform movement's huge victories in Colorado and Washington on November 6, many people are asking, "What states will be next to enact measures to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol?" (We refer to these as "T&R" bills or initiatives.)

It is important to note that this pair of...

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The 10 Things That Led to Legalized Marijuana in Colorado

(51) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 5:03 PM

In the wake of our victory in Colorado -- where 54.8 percent of the voters passed Amendment 64, a constitutional amendment to regulate marijuana like alcohol -- good people are understandably clamoring to pass similar measures in their states.

Here is a listing of the ingredients of the recipe that...

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The Debate in Washington State Over Legalizing Marijuana Is Off-Track

(23) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 8:27 AM

I've recently returned to MPP's headquarters in the District of Columbia after attending the Seattle Hempfest in the other Washington. If you didn't already know, Hempfest is the largest marijuana-policy-reform event in the world, not to mention the second-largest event of any kind in Washington state. More than 150,000 people...

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When a Marijuana Loss Is Actually a Victory

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 1:36 PM

The vote on a major medical marijuana amendment on the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday night was an exciting development, even though the amendment was rejected by a vote of 163 to 262 (with three current vacancies and seven not voting).

Four congressmen -- Maurice Hinchey...

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Top 10 Marijuana Highlights From 2011

(37) Comments | Posted January 13, 2012 | 12:52 PM

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...

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Obama: From First to Worst on Medical Marijuana

(85) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 7:20 PM

During his run for the presidency, Barack Obama instilled hope in medical marijuana supporters by pledging to respect state laws on the matter. And for the first two years of his term, he was generally faithful to his promise. Yet suddenly, and with no logical explanation, over the past eight...

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