Marijuana Policy Project Announces New President and CEO

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<![CDATA[Marijuana Policy Project | mpp.orgToi Hutchinson will take over as Marijuana Policy Project’s president and CEO in January. WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2021 – PRESS RELEASE – The Marijuana Policy Project announced that Toi Hutchinson will join the organization as its new president and CEO. Hutchinson, a former Illinois state senator, most recently served as senior adviser to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on cannabis legalization implementation. For the past year, MPP Executive Director Steven Hawkins has led both MPP and the United States Cannabis Council (USCC). Hawkins will now exclusively focus his efforts on federal cannabis reform at USCC. MPP will remain a member of USCC and continue to share staff, board members and resources. “Toi’s unique resume is perfectly suited to lead MPP as we finish our reform work state-by-state across the country,” MPP Board Chairman Sal Pace said. “Toi worked alongside MPP as one of the initial authors of the Illinois adult-use cannabis legislation to ensure that the law contained a strong social justice framework that included decriminalization in addition to legalization. MPP has always been focused not only on legalization but also on doing it right and ending the war on drugs.”“I am proud of what we have accomplished at MPP and look forward to working alongside Toi in the fight to end cannabis prohibition,” said Hawkins, president and CEO of USCC. “MPP played a pivotal role in incubating USCC, and we are now taking that work to the next level. Toi is an incredible leader, and I know that our organizations will work tirelessly to advance our shared goals.”“The MPP Board is thrilled with the work Steve accomplished during his four-year tenure. These past four years have been the most productive years yet for marijuana reform. MPP will continue to work with Steve as a member organization of USCC, including continuing to…

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