Dismayed with the direction (or lack thereof) that he observed in the marijuana-policy reform movement, Michael Kirshner felt compelled to leave his comfortable job with an aerospace contractor in the Washington, D.C. area to help correct the course. In 1995, he co-founded the Marijuana Policy Project with Rob Kampia and Chuck Thomas, where he remained on staff until 2004. He was responsible for all of the organization’s technology, in addition to laying out and proofreading every one of MPP’s publications.
Michael holds a psychology degree from The College of Wooster. Since 2004, he has worked as a tech consultant, child care provider, and medical office manager — often simultaneously — and he serves part-time at the Marijuana Leadership Campaign. He previously volunteered with the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative’s board of directors.