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Cards Against Humanity launches effort to legalize marijuana in Illinois

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

* 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 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, 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

“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.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Six Degrees of Separation - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    I remember the days when a real “weed pack” would cost you $5.

  2. - Team America - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Max Tempkin has come a long way since working for Dan Seals.

  3. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    “Moola To Buy Pols”. C’mon, am I wrong?

  4. - John Rawlss - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:24 am:

    Coming to broadway this season; Mike Madigan the musical.

  5. - Northsider - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:26 am:

    I can’t believe it’s taken until now for CAH and weed to officially get together…

  6. - Tom - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    How can anyone over 50 take them seriously with I could really go for a bean Chalupa comment? Miller, you don’t count. Add a gratuitous Fast Times at Richmond High quote and you would have hit the trifecta.

  7. - Epic - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    I don’t know how many of your commentators are in there 30’s or 20’s Rich but as someone who has a friend working for them this press release is completely par for the course. Frankly I’m surprised it’s not wackyier considering there previous stunts like fundraising to dig a hole in the ground or sending a box of dried poo to people who ordered there Black Friday special.

    It’s a millennial thing, you wouldn’t understand.

  8. - Undiscovered country - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:35 am:

    A crime against humanity? Really?

  9. - Northsider - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:38 am:

    Epic, you’re not special; my GenX wife and our GenX friends have played it CAH for years.

    Tom: That irreverence is par for the course; just roll (whoops, sorry) with it.

  10. - Person 8 - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    One of the funnier stunts happened during black Friday a few years back. The came out with the bull—- deck. People who bought it got exactly that, a pile of bull—-

  11. - Mike Cirrincione - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 12:05 pm:

    Gratuitous Fast Times at Richmond High quote:

    Brad Hamilton: Why don’t you get a job Spicoli?

    Jeff Spicoli: What for?

    Brad Hamilton: You need money.

    Jeff Spicoli: All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.

    Your welcome…..

  12. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 12:08 pm:

    Is there a Cubs Against Humanity group?

  13. - Mittuns - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 12:22 pm:

    Someone reads a black card, each player tosses in an answer from the 10 white cards in your hand, some of which are customizable.

    Black card: Alright, bros. Our frat house is condemned, and all the hot slampieces are over at Gamma Phi. That time has come to commence Operation _______.

    White card: Re-Elect Bruce Rauner.

  14. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 12:27 pm:

    Sometimes you can be sooo hip you lose your audience.

  15. - pawn - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    This might be my favorite real press release ever.

  16. - revvedup - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    Cards against Humanity reminds me of _______. Answers: Match Game 78, The Illinois Legislature.
    ..and what about Doritos, man?

    I’m still not sure about causual-use legislation if users still buy weed from dealers…

  17. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    I’m old and I think this is hysterical.

  18. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    Hey bud, let’s party.

  19. - A guy - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    Don’t know who in the heck these cats are, but I wish them luck.

  20. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Aug 3, 17 @ 6:37 pm:

    I’ll second Cheryl44’s comment. One doesn’t have to be a hipster dude in skinny jeans to find this game hilarious.

  21. - HelloKitty - Friday, Aug 4, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    So proud of my former intern. For content and comedy.

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