* Me: What is Cards Against Humanity?
Friend: It’s a game for horrible people. I can’t believe you don’t know about it.
Me: Um, what might you be implying?
Friend: That I’m a horrible person, of course.
Me: OK then.
* So, that explains this press release…
Cards Against Humanity and the Marijuana Policy Project are partnering to support an effort to legalize and regulate marijuana use among adults in Illinois. Cards Against Humanity donated $70,000 to the MPP today and will continue to raise money for the campaign until legislation is passed.
Such legislation is currently pending before Illinois lawmakers and likely to come up for a vote next year.
To fundraise for the effort, Cards Against Humanity released the Weed Pack, which features 30 new cards and is for sale at CardsAgainstHumanity.com for $5. Proceeds from all sales will go to the MPP; the donation amount will grow.
“We’re proud to support the Marijuana Policy Project because our current marijuana laws are failing,” said Cards Against Humanity head writer Jo Feldman. “Nationally there are more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. The MPP has been at the forefront of changing marijuana laws for the better, in Illinois and nationwide.”
“Also, I could really go for a bean chalupa,” Feldman added.
Similar Cards Against Humanity expansion packs have raised nearly $5 million for charity partners including DonorsChoose.org, the EFF, the Sunlight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, Heifer International and the Chicago Design Museum.
“A recent poll says that 66 percent of Illinois voters support regulating marijuana like we do alcohol,” said Cards Against Humanity co-creator Max Temkin. “You’re telling me this effort is something the vast majority of people support that makes everyone happy and pays for our schools and roads, and we’re not doing it?”
Founded in 1995, the MPP was the driving force behind five successful state campaigns to make adult-use legal. In Illinois, MPP spent nearly a decade and more than $1 million securing an effective medical marijuana law, which passed in 2013.
“The team behind Cards Against Humanity is doing a great service helping us fight what really is a crime against humanity: marijuana prohibition,” said Chris Lindsey, senior legislative counsel for the MPP. “The Weed Pack is a hilarious approach to the topic but doesn’t overlook the fundamental injustice in arresting adults for using something that is safer than alcohol.”
Said Temkin: “For us, this is a common sense issue of racial justice, health justice and criminal justice. 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.”
The Weed Pack is for sale for $5 at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.
“Shouldn’t that pizza be here by now?” said Cards Against Humanity head writer Julia Weiss, before adding, “The Universe is like, just so … huge.”