Celebrities Join Legal Marijuana Campaign

April 05, 2004

, United Press International

Hollywood -- The Marijuana Policy Project said Tuesday that a group of celebrities, led by actress Michelle Phillips, had joined an effort to expand its influence.

Phillips, whose initial claim to fame came as a member of the 60's folk rock group The Mamas and the Papas, launched the campaign with a letter to colleagues in the entertainment industry soliciting support for MPP's efforts to liberalize U.S. anti-marijuana laws.

'Arresting adult marijuana users does nothing to keep marijuana out of the hands of children, but arresting adults does tear families apart and ruin careers. I support MPP because it is the most professional and credible organization working to change these harmful policies,' the letter says.

Joining Phillips in the effort, the MPP says, are a coterie of notables including former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, comedian Bill Maher and former Clinton Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. The Marijuana Policy Project claims 15,000 members and 70,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, making it the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States.

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