The Marijuana Policy Initiative

Don't Commercialize Marijuana.

A volunteer non-partisan coalition of people from across the US and Canada who have come to understand the negative local-to-global public health and safety implications of an organized, legal, freely-traded, commercialized and industrialized marijuana market.


The Marijuana Policy Initiative is a volunteer non-partisan coalition of people from across the US who have come to understand the negative local-to-global implications of an organized, legal, freely-traded, commercialized and industrialized marijuana market.

Looking beyond our own youthful indiscretions and overly narrow understanding of policy options —  like lock ’em up or let ’em use —  we have come to realize that in the same way that we and our parents were duped by the tobacco industry, we and our kids have been taken in by the propaganda of another addiction-based industry.

21st Century evidence and experience is clear. An open marijuana market quickly slips out of control in both product potency and in escalating problematic use rates in youth and other vulnerable populations.  As use escalates, so do myriad social problems and costs associated with this drug.

We are ordinary citizens who happen to be volunteers, educators, scientists, CEO’s, salespersons, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, construction professionals, authors, counselors, nurses, substance use prevention professionals, coaches, faith leaders, law enforcement officers. In other words, we come from all walks of life but share a common concern:  legalization is the wrong direction to go with marijuana and we must reverse course while we still can.   More importantly, we are all parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters, cousins or friends. Most of us have seen the underside and negative consequences of the pot trade first hand.

The posts on this blog are the distillation of information and thoughts shared by this diverse and growing group of concerned citizens.  It comes from their vigilance in looking beyond the glamorization and manufactured mystique of this industry to the social and public health implications of this “experiment” that is using our kids as the subjects.

Thanks for reading.

  • Kevin Russell says:

    I’m on the front lines of fighting legalization of MJ in Arkansas and would like to be added to your mailing list to use for reference.

    Thank you and great site!


    May 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Jim Gerhardt says:

    THANK YOU MJ POLICY INITIATIVE!!!!! This fight in Colorado is brutal and legal marijuana is taking a huge toll on public safety. I can’t thank you enough for your efforts!

    May 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm
  • Paula McPheeters says:

    Love your sight! On the front lines of this battle in a Pueblo West, Colorado. We need help! Your website is a great resource! The marijuana “industry” has tons of money… We have nothing but our desire to educate and change public opinion to save our community. Carry on!

    September 17, 2014 at 5:51 pm
  • Ellen Snelling says:

    Thanks for providing resources on your site and twitter! We are fighting a major battle against Big Pot in Florida. Trying to keep them out is no easy task. It’s nice to know we are not alone and can share resources & strategies with others.

    October 5, 2014 at 9:09 pm
  • Jennifer Yates says:

    Parents for a Healthy Colorado is a volunteer, parent-led, nonpartisan, grassroots coalition speaking up for the health and safety of our children with regard to the commercialization of the marijuana industry.
    Join us. Like us. We are all stronger together.

    April 12, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • j belsher says:

    Please help get this documentary to all we can.
    The Other Side of Cannabis: Negative Effects of Marijuana on Our Youth

    The culture will catch up to the science–until then, we must educate our adolescents, teenagers and young adults whose brains are still forming.

    April 21, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • P Cassidy says:

    We lost our fight today, our little residential rural farm area is no more. Officially now approved for special use for multiple Commercial MJ Grow facilities. Wasn’t enough for the city to approve 100 grow houses selling city land for the development, then for them come in and overrun the residential area too. Guess they need to supply the 6000 per day, 4 day open concert event they are pushing to have right up the road from where we live… Keep your families away from Colorado. Fight for your own states to stay clean. My Husband is in Afghanistan and the home he left to fight for our freedom, is not what he will be coming back to..

    May 12, 2015 at 9:15 pm
  • Sally Schindel says:

    Thank you for your excellent work! I have shared a link to this site on our website and invite you to do the same for Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. We are all in the same battle. Arizona will be a key vote in November 2016. We intend to defeat the legalization initiative and will need ALL the help we can find.

    May 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm
  • Lori Robinson says:

    The link below to the recent news report by Brian Maass in CO is a very important factual accounting by two sisters of two different young men who both consumed edible pot and their brains quickly left reality & died by suicide. The news interview also includes an equally horrifying account by Ann Clark, mother of 17 year old Brant Clark, who admitted 12-06 to smoking a lot of pot, one weekend with friends, and than experiencing a psychotic episode requiring psych hospitalization. Ann summarizes how while still in psychosis, Brant took his young life and left a note apologizing for not realizing pot would alter his brain so catastrophically. Why Brant’s story of pot use, sudden onset of psychosis, followed by his suicide has been omitted from the text ( below) is a terrible oversite from The MJ Policy Initiative. Sure pot edibles are causing some instant ” Intoxications” which have resulted in preventable & heartbreaking suicides but the insidious mental health changes from this ” culture of pot acceptance” via smoking, vaping, or using bongs… to some vulnerable, young brains- like Brant Clark- and thousands of other young people not just in America, but globally, needs urgent recognition!!! I should know as my first-born son, Shane Ryan Robinson, succumbed 1-13-12 (age 25) from the consequences of using pot to his young brain the last 27 months of his precious life suffering two episodes of psychosis-18 months apart- testing (+) to THC only!!!! These unfathomable suicides of our youth are occurring because today’s super turbo-charged MJ alters healthy young brains that naively believed the pro pot marketing ” pot’s just a natural herb”. Nothing natural about this morphed germ seed that’s causing such unfathomable mental health effects because of the psychoactive potency of THC.

    Here is the text of the article:

    Marijuana Intoxication Blamed In More Deaths, Injuries

    July 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • River says:

    Thanks, fighting Big Marijuana From Nevada. Please add me to your list.

    January 7, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Ocean State Prevention Alliance says:

    Thanks for your information and advocacy! We are working hard in RI to educate leaders about the unintended negative consequences of youth marijuana use and legalization. Your site provides great information.

    July 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  • Dr. Ken Finn says:

    Please note the financial impact occurring in Colorado. Big Marijuana follows the same playbook as Big Tobacco and we are paying the price….literally. Please review the paper below showing how much money was lost at one hospital in a community which has not opted in:

    August 29, 2016 at 12:05 pm

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