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  • dmrosenthal
    Request for Proposals: Building a State-wide Coalition to Tax and Regulate Marijuana MPP is interested in proposals from organizations and individuals to build
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2005
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      Request for Proposals:
      Building a State-wide Coalition
      to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

      MPP is interested in proposals from organizations and individuals to
      build statewide coalitions in support of taxing and regulating
      marijuana (similarly to alcohol) in Arizona, Delaware, Idaho, Maine,
      Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon. Each proposal should focus on only
      one state.

      Applicants should articulate their own strategy for "building a
      grassroots machine," including a chronological list of escalating
      tactics that would lead to a change in state law in three to five
      years via the state legislature or the statewide ballot initiative
      process (not applicable in Delaware and New Hampshire). Recommended
      tactics include but are not limited to:

      * Building a coalition of "grasstops" supporters -- local
      organizations, statewide organizations, and in-state opinion leaders
      -- who endorse the desired change in state law;
      * Identifying grassroots supporters of marijuana policy reform and
      keeping a database of such supporters;
      * Organizing both grasstops and grassroots supporters to write
      op-eds and letters-to-the-editor, organize and attend demonstrations,
      distributing leaflets and flyers, writing to lawmakers, and meeting
      with lawmakers;
      * Generating favorable "hard news" coverage; and
      * Passing local bills and/or initiatives to demonstrate to state
      legislators that the public supports marijuana policy reform. (See
      www.mpp.org/grants/local for details.)

      In some cases, a multi-year plan is advisable. For such plans, initial
      funding would be provided for the first year of activity. Applicants
      would need to reapply for funding annually.
      Please see www.mpp.org/grants for MPP's grant application guidelines.
      To begin the application process, please submit a concise letter of
      inquiry, giving an overview of your proposal and credentials. If you
      have any questions, please contact Stephanie Vogel at svogel@...
      or 202-462-5747 ext. 126.
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