Through sales of its “Weed Pack” deck expansion, Cards Against Humanity donated $70,000 to the Marijuana Policy Project to help legalize cannabis for adult use in Illinois, Inc. reports. The “Weed Pack” sold for $5 each.
“For us, this is a common-sense issue of racial justice, health justice and criminal justice,” said Max Temkin, co-creator of the game which is headquartered in Chicago, in the report. “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.”
In April, Illinois advocates formed the Coalition for a Safer Illinois, which includes the support of the MPP, in an effort to bolster support for legalization in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Clergy for a New Drug Policy, Doctors for Cannabis Regulation, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and the Illinois chapter of NORML are among the coalition’s member organizations.
In February, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy filed HB.2353, while state Sen. Heather Steans introduced SB.316, which, if approved, would set up a taxed-and-regulated cannabis industry in the state. According to a report by the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, the state could reap between $170 million and $305 million over three years by legalizing cannabis use for adults. Neither the House nor Senate has yet voted on either measure.