MJ Activists Plan to Light Up at White House

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  MJ Activists Plan to Light Up at White House

Posted by CN Staff on March 04, 2016 at 15:10:31 PT
By Perry Stein 
Source: Washington Post 

Washington, D.C. -- Activists plan to light up and protest marijuana laws in a part of D.C. where it is still illegal even to possess the substance: federal land.The D.C. Cannabis Campaign, which spearheaded the effort to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital, is calling on supporters to protest federal laws criminalizing marijuana in front of the White House on April 2. At the end of the rally, participants say they will smoke in the open, risking arrest.
The significance of April 2 might be something of a stretch, but organizers say they are “rescheduling” the typical day of marijuana activism and celebration of April 20 — or, 4/20 — just like they want President Obama to “reschedule” marijuana away from a Schedule I substance.Schedule I substances are those that the Drug Enforcement Agency define as having no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Marijuana, LSD and ecstasy are categorized as Schedule I. This classification makes it difficult to do clinical medical research on marijuana.Adam Eidinger, D.C.’s chief pot activist and chair of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, said the group is also planning the protest on April 2 because Obama “has been a big zero on cannabis reform.”“It is not too late for Obama to do something,” Eidinger said, adding that while more states have made marijuana reforms during Obama’s presidency, the law has not changed at the federal level. “Obama has done nothing, he’s just let things happen.”Eidinger said he thinks Obama is more likely to use his executive power to loosen marijuana laws than current candidates for president, so activists want to push him to take action before his second term is up.This isn’t the first time activists have tried to instigate authorities by consuming marijuana in public.To celebrate the quasi-official marijuana holiday of April 20 last year, activists from the D.C. Cannabis Campaign lit joints on the Mall.Despite the conspicuously illegal acts, no one was arrested or reprimanded by U.S. Park Police, with officials saying they did not witness the illicit actions.Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana, and smoking in private homes, is legal in D.C. But it is still illegal to possess marijuana on federal land, even though federal land juts through much of the District.Perry Stein covers D.C., Maryland and Virginia.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Perry SteinPublished: March 4, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 07, 2016 at 17:01:45 PT
Nancy Reagan's Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on March 07, 2016 at 08:22:19 PT
Justin in D.C.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his visit to Washington is, it seems, the condition known as "Trudeaumania". included: Justin Trudeau, here accepting a headdress from indigenous Canadians, is seen as having a positive worldview-0-Thursday, I think.And, You know, I believe Justin enjoys cannabis. Legal in D.C.Obama?He's gotta know, Justin's stance here. -It got Him there.-0-Imagine, 20 later, it's revealed they smoked the peace pipe together.-The pipe is a portable alter-
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on March 06, 2016 at 05:38:11 PT

I agree with you!
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on March 05, 2016 at 05:31:51 PT

It's about time...
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