I was glad to get a solution on another forum for Startech Technical support in regards to Mini-Display port to Display Port being “ACTIVE” or Passive:
“No, DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort use the same signals so there is no need for these cables to be active unless they are very long. Typically, cables of this type don’t need to be active unless they are over 30ft. Sam, StarTech.com Support”
So the answer is that Mini-Display Port and Display port are the same technology and Therefore a MiniDisplay Port to Display Port cable does NOT need to be “ACTIVE” unless they are greater than 30 feet long.