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  Marijuana Group Passes Out Free Joints
Posted by CN Staff on January 20, 2017 at 09:15:10 PT
By Jonah Engel Bromwich 
Source: New York Times 

cannabis Washington, D.C. -- Don’t be surprised if, shortly after Donald J. Trump begins his inaugural address on Friday, tiny streams of smoke begin to rise from the crowd. A marijuana advocacy group said it was giving away approximately 8,000 free joints on Friday. Early in the morning, hundreds were lined up in Dupont Circle in northwest Washington, where the cigarettes were being handed out.

The protest was planned by DCMJ, which was founded in 2013 in a successful effort to change laws regulating the drug in Washington. The group made its plan, to smoke at least 4,200 joints, known well in advance.

In a phone interview Friday morning, Nikolas Schiller, a founder of the group, estimated that DCMJ members had rolled about 8,000 joints for the protest. The number was only an approximation, he said, adding that many volunteers had brought their own marijuana.

It has been legal to possess small amounts of marijuana in Washington since 2015, but illegal to smoke it or ingest it in public spaces. Mr. Schiller said that protesters were “encouraged to light them up if they want to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience.”

Mr. Schiller said it will be “up to the actual individuals” to decide whether and when to smoke the joints, but the group had suggested they begin at about four minutes and 20 seconds into Mr. Trump’s inaugural address.

The protest was not intended to be a statement against the new president himself. But Mr. Schiller said it was “definitely true” that the group was protesting the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, noting that the group was concerned Mr. Sessions would plan raids on marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers.

“He’s said that good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Mr. Schiller said of Mr. Sessions, referring to comments the Alabama senator made in April. “We found that to be insulting to the millions of Americans that do.”

Source: New York Times (NY)
Author: Jonah Engel Bromwich
Published: January 20, 2017
Copyright: 2017 The New York Times Company
Contact: letters@nytimes.com
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on January 23, 2017 at 11:24:13 PT
This article...
Our movement made a statement. A political statement in D.C. on Inauguration day. We made a peaceful statement and practiced the time honored reform tactic of civil disobedience.

We ought to have heard something about what a nice "Riot" we had, if there was any real journalism going on. Where are the stories about that? I haven't seen very many of them either. I looked.

Our people were well behaved and civil. Our people gave away good stuff... they did not steal or tear anything up.

Our people were civil in a violent, crazy, insanely political world. They and their cause should be showcased. It certainly didn't make any front pages, though, did it?

Real journalists could report on some of the stuff that went right that day, and about some of the "Good people" that were out there supporting the righteousness of our cause.

It truly was a grand effort to be heard concerning a major political question and a true question of justice and injustice. Thank you, People!

It should be reported with respect. Without laughing at us or our cause. Our true cause is deadly, bloody serious to anyone with any sense at all.

But, I guess, the maroons take the day. Apparently. As usual.

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Comment #10 posted by Hope on January 23, 2017 at 11:02:46 PT
I used to have a lot of confidence
in Peter Jennings. I liked and respected Walter Cronkite. Do you suppose they were messing with us, too?

Probably.

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Comment #9 posted by Hope on January 23, 2017 at 09:10:13 PT
Accurate news reporting.
I want to see the truth that matters.

It doesn't matter to me how many people were at the Inauguration... at all. Not one bit. Why should I care? What does it matter? It doesn't! It's weird that anyone should care. I suspect distraction, childishness, and sheer bitterness to be the source of that.

So.

Waiting.

Is the fight to stop the injustice, and the dangers, and expense of prohibition going to have to find another gear?

If Trump is as savvy about what "The People" want, as he claims to be, then he will help us. He won't throw Jersey Barriers in front of us. He'll get rid of them.

I don't expect him to care about shutting down this rotten to the core aspect of Big Government... Prohibition of cannabis. "The Swamp" we know as the DEA, ONDCP, and all the other poison alphabet soup that rides the back of all Americans does need draining. Do they get to sink their nasty fangs deeper into our necks or not? I know they want to. We'll soon see, I'm sure.

I'm waiting... and poised... for whatever direction our struggle takes us.

Dread and hope, walking hand in hand.

Waiting. Watching.

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Comment #8 posted by Hope on January 23, 2017 at 06:43:17 PT
Sources
Look where we are. Look how far we've come and all we've learned. We know to watch the bent of journalism and how ugly it can be. We have to learn to say, "Know" and not just "No" out of resentment and distrust.

I love the New York Times, but I agree with Observer.

We need to keep track of it all and use research, (and Bot ((much as I've always disliked him (((Bot... not Observer)))))) to keep close track of everything that's being said... especially where those that seem to defy and despise us get their news.

It won't stain us or anything to keep a sharp eye on them.

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Comment #7 posted by Hope on January 23, 2017 at 06:34:36 PT
The GCW
That's funny. You made me laugh!

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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on January 23, 2017 at 05:28:53 PT
Reminder:
Did everyone remember to set their clocks back 300 years last Friday?

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Comment #5 posted by Garry Minor on January 23, 2017 at 03:47:11 PT:

Observer
I don't believe that FoM was necessarily suggesting that the NYT is always ligitimate.

My Lord, if they and the others were, there wouldn't even be a need for Cannabis News and the battle that we're fighting.

She just wanted to see if anyone else was covering it because fox truly is the worst of them all.

The Way I See It, She's Way Ahead of you!



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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 21, 2017 at 14:38:11 PT
Hope
I only found one article on the NYT about this. I don't trust Fox as to how they word and spin news.

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Comment #2 posted by Hope on January 21, 2017 at 10:47:06 PT
OT and OMG
Andrew Napolitano: Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a parting shot at personal freedom

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/01/19/andrew-napolitano-attorney-general-loretta-lynch-and-parting-shot-at-personal-freedom.html

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Comment #1 posted by Oleg the Tumor on January 20, 2017 at 12:18:22 PT
Some Sobering Thoughts from a former BP Exec . . .
In his fine book, "Seven Elements That Changed the World", the former head of BP's exploration business, John Browne, has this to say about climate change:

"… We must find a group of leaders who have a common view of purpose, namely, to limit, as much as possible, the risk that climate change will have dire consequences for humankind. They need to encourage all the activity that is happening at country and grassroots levels so as to take us to the point where the possible temperature rise is at least moderated. Since the effectiveness of leadership is context dependent, they need to pick the right economic and political conditions to go further towards their shared purpose. And, failing that, they need to prepare us to adapt to a different set of climactic conditions. Carbon has served humankind very well; we must ensure it does not exact an impossible price for that." – (Pegasus Books, 2014, page 84)

Cannabis hemp is in the right place at the right time, from the economic perspective as well as the ecological one.

If other countries see this and make widespread use of hemp before the US does, then we will be having this ridiculous discussion about a Hemp Gap!

FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!



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