Marijuana Policy Project launches national search for executive director

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A prominent national cannabis reform organization, the Marijuana Policy Project, has begun a search for a new executive director.

MPP’s current interim director, Matthew Schweich, will remain on the job “until his successor has been named,” according to a news release.

At that point, Schweich will focus all his time on a medical marijuana legalization push in Utah and an adult-use campaign in Michigan. He will remain on staff with MPP until after the November elections.

Schweich took over on an interim basis in November 2017 when longtime MPP chief Rob Kampia stepped down. Kampia, who founded MPP in 1995, departed the organization last December.

Jeffrey Zucker, the chair of MPP’s Board Search Committee, said in a statement the organization is looking for “candidates with experience, expertise, and passion for” ending cannabis prohibition in the United States.

The search is expected to take roughly three months.

MPP is one of a few national organizations that has had a major impact in establishing new cannabis marketplaces for entrepreneurs.

A fresh executive director could play a key role in how MPP helps shape upcoming state markets that have yet to legalize either medical or recreational cannabis.