CHICAGO, IL — Game maker Cards Against Humanity has teamed up with the policy makers at the Marijuana Policy Project to support their efforts to legalize and regulate marijuana for adults in Illinois.
Last week, Chicago-based Cards Against Humanity donated $70,000 to the Washington, DC-based marijuana policy project to help fund their marijuana legalization efforts in Illinois.
The game makers say they will continue to fund raise for the campaign until it passes, including donating all proceeds from the Weed Pack to the organization.
The Weed Pack is a 30 card expansion pack for the popular Cards Against Humanity game, and retails for $5 on their website. According to a counter on their website, sales from the Weed Pack have already generated over $87,000 for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
“We’re proud to support the Marijuana Policy Project because our current marijuana laws are failing,” said Cards Against Humanity head writer Jo Feldman. “Nationally there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. The MPP has been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws for the better, in Illinois and nationwide.”
Previous Cards Against Humanity expansion packs have raised nearly $5 million for other charities including DonorsChoose.org, the EFF, the Sunlight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, Heifer International and the Chicago Design Museum.
“A recent poll says that 66 percent of Illinois voters support regulating marijuana like we do alcohol,” said Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin. “You’re telling me this effort is something the vast majority of people support that makes everyone happy and pays for our schools and roads, and we’re not doing it?”
“For us, this is a common sense issue of racial justice, health justice and criminal justice. State and national politics are incredibly screwed up right now, but it gives us hope to think that we can make progress on these kind of common sense issues that everyone supports,” Temkin added.
Founded in 1995, the MPP was the driving force behind five successful state campaigns to legalize the adult use of marijuana. In Illinois, MPP spent nearly a decade and more than $1 million securing an effective medical marijuana law, which passed in 2013.
Illinois lawmakers are currently considering a bill that would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults, and it would create and enforce strict health and safety regulations, such as testing and labeling requirements and restrictions on marketing.
“The team behind Cards Against Humanity is doing a great service helping us fight what really is a crime against humanity: marijuana prohibition,” said Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the MPP. “The Weed Pack is a hilarious approach to the topic but doesn’t overlook the fundamental injustice in arresting adults for using something that is safer than alcohol.”
The Weed Pack is for sale for $5 at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.
Tags: 100th General Assembly, 2017 Legislation, Cards Against Humanity, Coalition for a Safer Illinois, fundraisers, IL HB 2353, IL SB 316, Illinois, Illinois marijuana legalization, Marijuana Policy Project
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