Matt Simon is a Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). He has been working since 2007 to reform marijuana laws in New Hampshire, lobbying and organizing in support of medical marijuana legislation that finally passed into law in 2013 (after having been vetoed by the governor in both 2009 and 2012).
From 2007-2010, Matt served as executive director for the New Hampshire Coalition for Common Sense Marijuana Policy. In 2011, he worked as New Hampshire communications director for Governor Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, and in December 2011, he began working as a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project.
A former college English instructor, Matt believes respectful and effective communication is key to successful reform efforts. In 2013, his efforts bore fruit in Vermont as well as in New Hampshire; Matt was heavily involved in the successful campaign for Vermont’s new decriminalization law.
Matt is currently advocating in support of reforms in New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Kentucky. He lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire and holds a Master’s degree in English from West Virginia University.
Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
The Marijuana Policy Project was founded in 1995 in Washington, DC. The founders were members of NORML, but felt the organization should be more proactive. In turn, they broke away and started the MPP. In the time since its inception, the Marijuana Policy Project has garnered support from a number of influential parties and their advisory board includes celebrities like Jack Black, Bill Maher, Adrienne Curry, and Jesse Ventura. They have been instrumental to a number of changes in cannabis policy at the state level and aims to have the same effect on a national scale.
In The News
New Hampshire House Committee Votes To Decriminalize Cannabis
CONCORD, NH — Just one day after cannabis was decriminalized in Washington, DC, the New Hampshire House of Representatives Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 12-5 Tuesday in favor of passing similar legislation in The Granite State. “There is no good reason to continue criminalizing people for possessing marijuana.” – Matt Simon With bipartisan support from eight co-sponsors including Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and Sen. Jeff Woodburn (D-Dalton), House Bill 1625 would remove criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis. “There is no good reason to continue criminalizing people for …
New Hampshire House Of Representatives Approves Adult-Use Cannabis Initiative
CONCORD, NH — For the first time in US history, a legislative chamber has passed a vote in support of ending cannabis prohibition. The New Hampshire House of Representatives approved HB 192 with a 170-162 decision Wednesday. “This measure will take marijuana cultivation and sales out of the uncontrolled underground market and place them in the hands of licensed, taxpaying businesses.” – Matt Simon The measure, which is modeled after Colorado’s Amendment 64 and I-502 in Washington, will regulate cannabis in a similar manner to alcohol. Adults would be permitted to possess, consume, and cultivate limited amounts of …
New Hampshire Legislators Consider New Adult-Use Cannabis Policy
CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire House of Representatives is considering the legalization of cannabis for adult-use. They will put the issue to a vote just one week after the commencement of retail cannabis sales in Colorado, as activists hope to keep the momentum in their favor. Offering a brief overview of New Hampshire’s House Bill 492 is Matt Simon, Legislative Analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). “Those in favor of HB 492 propose a $30 per ounce tax on retail cannabis …