To make real the promise of having State and Federal institutions keep up with the times, The Thomas Jefferson Project needs your help.  We are funded through memberships.  Please help us help citizens voice their stories and needs relative to medical marijuana and how government can be as effective as possible in adopting compassionate use laws.  Just click "Become A Member" above. 

Medical Marijuana is a Human Rights issue that needs your support


Washington, D.C.


On a Federal level, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule 1 narcotic along with heroin and cocaine, thus putting 20 states with MMJ programs in direct legal conflict with the US Department of Justice as well as all federal law enforcement agencies.  This is patently unfair to patients, citizens and citizens of color -- legislative, regulatory and other reforms are long overdue.

Despite overwhelming passage of a 2008 voter referendum that legalized MMJ, state lawmakers have yet to pass any statutes for the establishment of needed Distribution Centers (Dispensaries) to get medicine in the hands of qualified patients.  Other flaws in the system continue to hamper patients' rights.


"Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind.  As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths  discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.  We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."       Thomas Jefferson

IL regulators are already working on rules for how the state's new MMJ program will be implemented in 2014.  The next six months will be critical and we are committed to working in partnership with state regulators to put into place patient-friendly processes that recognize the urgency and severity of patient illnesses and disease.


The Thomas Jefferson Project is a grass roots membership organization supported by patients, family members, voters, thinkers, doctors, businesses and many others.  We believe the time has come for Medical Marijuana to be an accepted form of medical therapy in EVERY state and around the world as prescribed by a patient-selected physician.  We are a patient advocacy organization.  We support ease-of-access, personal and private choice of physician, assumption of good intent, ongoing scientific research and widespread acceptance of MMJ as a safe, effective and much needed treatment for millions of law-abiding citizens whose quality of life should be the first and highest priority.




We are actively engaged with legislative leaders, regulatory bodies and government agencies to advocate on behalf of patients and their families.  We seek to help governments to keep pace with changing times and attitudes by eliminating the many legal and historic obstacles that prevent patients, including children, from obtaining needed medicine.  We are working to liberalize regulation in states with MMJ programs, and also are working to establish programs in the 30 states that have yet to act.  We are committed to the notion that law and regulation should reflect the current standards of voters and patients in all jurisdictions.

The Thomas Jefferson Project works with broadcast, print, online and other media outlets to tell patient stories, share knowledge and expertise, and apply pressure to lawmakers, regulators, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, insurance companies and other institutions to act in the best interests of patients.  We conduct attitude studies and voter acceptance rates, compile and share information on MMJ, and serve as a source for media to better understand and cover this issue.

Even in states with MMJ programs, most physicians and nearly all hospitals remain cautious about recommending or prescribing medical marijuana, largely because of misinformation and the perception of legal uncertainty.  In turn, these and other factors are preventing funding for much needed research and patient tracking, while also fueling black market medicine.  In addition, much work is needed to ensure law enforcement and other governmental entities know and understand MMJ programs.

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