Mar 242016
 March 24, 2016

washington dc marijuana legalizationDCMJ—the organization that played a critical role in passing Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana in our nation’s capital—along with leaders, activists, advocacy groups and citizens will gather along Pennsylvania Avenue directly north of the White House to demand that President Obama use his authority to reschedule cannabis now. Why on April 2nd? The Obama Administration has been a big ZERO on cannabis reform, so DCMJ is rescheduling and actively removing the “ZERO” from “4/20.”

DCMJ has officially requested that President Obama reclassify cannabis as a less harmful substance multiple times since he has taken office in January 2009.  However, no action has been taken to reschedule cannabis to date. Meanwhile, the placement of cannabis in the same category as drugs like heroin—which brutally kills thousands of Americans each each year—remains not only irresponsible, unjust and unfitting, but also makes a continued mockery of the Controlled Substances Act.

On Saturday, April 2 at 4:20 p.m. in response to the Obama Administration’s lack of action on descheduling cannabis, Americans will gather at The White House to demand immediate action is taken. Event participants will also help to carry a 51 foot “joint” at what is being called the ”Emergency National Mobilization to Reschedule Cannabis.”

DCMJ is willing to call off this mass-consumption of cannabis should President Obama agree to a responsible and ethical dialogue at a Cannabis Summit, which would bring together leaders from a broad spectrum of industries to openly discuss more effective drug policies, drug classifications and approaches to the failed “War on Drugs” passed down and inherited by the Obama Administration.

“While President Obama may have inherited failed drug policies, he also has an obligation to address these failures in a meaningful and responsible way,” said Adam Eidinger, founder of DCMJ.  “As we approach the twilight of his administration, we are calling on President Obama to take immediate action before it is too late. President Obama’s overall apathy on the issue only enables countless men of color and others to be needlessly incarnated, medical research to be placed on hold for no good reason and the classification of cannabis as a Schedule I drug to carelessly continue.  The real crime here is the President’s inaction and frankly, the American people deserve — and thought they elected — better.  These injustices must stop now before more lives are ruined and the immoral imprisonment for cannabis-related crimes continues.”

WHO:  Speakers from DCMJ, cannabis advocacy groups, industry activists,  civic leaders

WHAT:  Emergency Mobilization to Reschedule Cannabis Demonstration

51 foot Joint and amazing visuals for TV and stills.

When:  Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.

**Note: At 4:20 p.m. there will be a mass-consumption of cannabis.

WHERE:  Along Pennsylvania Ave. located directly north of the White  House between 15th and 17th Streets, Washington, D.C.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

• Join mass mobilization on 4/2 along Pennsylvania Ave. located directly north of the White House between 15th and 17th Streets, Washington, D.C.

• Click  Going” and invite your friends on DCMJ Facebook page

•Tweet with the hashtag #Reschedule420

•Call The White House 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama to deschedule cannabis

•Forward the news to your friends

Volunteer with DCMJ on 4/2 to help things run smoothly

Source: Reschedule 420 press release

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  • SilentPatriot

    Worst…President…EVER! Makes even Jimmy Carter look good.

    • shaggy

      That is not a very logical thing to say you seem to forget Nixon was the one that did all this in the first place and on top of that Obama could have easily cancelled Colorado from being legalized as well as Washington DC

      • SilentPatriot

        Nixon didn’t leave us $20 trillion in debt with NOTHING to show for it!

        • Jon Alan

          Neither did Obama. But his arrogance and complete lack of responsibility to WE THE PEOPLE regarding this OBVIOUSLY CORRUPT SCHEDULING OF MARJUANA tells me all I need to know. IS THIS A DEMOCRACY OR A POLICE STATE.
          WHAT MUST WE THINK?
          WHAT IS OBVIOIUS?

        • saynotohypocrisy

          Obama inherited an economy in free fall, as chickens he had nothing to do with came home to roost. Most of his deficits were baked in by the Panic of September 2008, which followed the credit freeze of the summer of 2007, which marked the beginning of the end of the 1920’s style hyper speculative housing boom and reckless lending spree which had masked the recklessness of Bush’s tax cuts, and weakness in the real non-speculative economy.
          Let’s put the blame for those deficits where they belong.

          • SilentPatriot

            At this point, he’s been in charge for nearly 8 years, it’s on him now.

          • lovingc

            Look again who is in congress that will not do anything.

        • lovingc

          Georgie Bush did that,dipstick.

          • SilentPatriot

            Your grade for Current Affairs & Politics = F-

      • saynotohypocrisy

        Right. But Obama has been a real horror show on MEDICINAL cannabis. How many people have died because Obama lied on medicinal marijuana? He said he would be guided by science in making policy, but that turned out to be a big fat lie when it comes to cannabis.

    • shaggy

      Are you sure you smoke weed because you just seem way too negative to be stoned

      • SilentPatriot

        One can be a Patriot AND a pothead, tyvm! =P

  • shaggy

    Maybe an idea for a new type of protest, everyone should just start distributing marijuana seeds all over the place in every city in the US since it grows anywhere there would be plants sprouting up all over the place… so many that the government, both state and federal would have no clue what to do or the resources to destroy them all. It would be best to do it on city property and property owned by politicians/ police stations and of course parks so that nobody is put in jail for plants growing on their property but also throw seeds out of car windows so they can sprout up along side all of the highways because it is something that we want to be seen by the people, the news, and law inforcment to get a reaction. Also once it starts growing in the wild it will just continue to spread everywhere, no stopping it.

  • Blake Beagelsmith

    obama is just another classic piece of shit. the best we can do is make sure hillary clinton does NOT become president…

    • Scott Eaton

      But you have to remember the 2 biggest pieces of shit was G. Bush Sr and Jr

      • Blake Beagelsmith

        you know; bush jr was definitely dumber….but i actually despise Obama more for his sociopathic cunning intelligence .. and of course; bush sr was an even bigger and smarter sociopath than bush jr ( head of the CIA and all )

        • lovingc

          Dumb and dumber

          • saynotohypocrisy

            and mean and meaner

    • Ryan744

      Our only other choice is Donald Trump, so I seriously hope you change your mind by November…

      Hilary pledged to at least reschedule cannabis to schedule II, so that’s better than nothing. (also better than Trump) https://www.mpp.org/2016-presidential-candidates/

      You wait and see, after the upcoming election when marijuana is legalized in 4 or 5 new states, Congress will be more open to liberalizing marijuana laws. Hilary may not be super pro-weed, but I guarantee she will sign any marijuana reform bill that makes it to her desk. If you want this to happen, the best thing you can do is vote for your local Democrats for Representative and Senator this election.

      A Donald Trump presidency would be an unmitigated disaster for our nation.

      • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

        WRITE-IN Bernie Sanders!
        #BernieOrBust

        • Ryan744

          I voted for Bernie once, but he has a 0% chance of winning a write-in campaign.

          He will explain this all to you when he endorses Hilary in 6-12 weeks.

          I am not wasting my vote in November. Google “Ralph Nader 2000”.

          • Blake Beagelsmith

            and then trump wins.

          • Ryan744

            If you give even two shits about anything Bernie Sanders stands for you would never ever consider voting for trump or any Republican for president. A Republican president would pack the Supreme Court with a conservative majority that would last for generations.

            Do you care about money in politics?? We are so close to overturning Citizens United in the Court. This is the only possible way to get money out of politics barring some ridiculously unlikely constitutional amendment.

            I know you hate Obama, but whatever your feelings about him, you have to admit Kagan and Sotomayor were excellent picks for justices. I expect more of the same from Hillary, maybe better if we have a Democratic Senate.

          • Blake Beagelsmith

            and that is why REAL liberals will never vote for the genocidal supporting; warmongering sociopath; conservative wall street whore elite; clinton.

          • Ryan744

            I just gave one of the many logical and well thought out reasons why any Bernie fan, progressive, or liberal (like myself) would be much better off voting for Hillary than Trump. It seems like you did not read to the end of my comment.

            Instead of arguing against anything that I said, you came back with ad hominem personal attacks without any evidence. Genocide, WTF are you even talking about? If you actually cared about war and war crimes, you would never vote for someone who advocates torture, killing terrorists families, and nuclear proliferation.

            You made your account a month ago, and all you do all day long is shit on Hillary Clinton. YOU are the only fake liberal that I see. I am not saying that you are a paid troll for Donald Trump, but there are trolls out there that pretend to be Bernie supporters and use the same attacks that you use.

            Compare Bernie Sanders’ actual statements on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and you will find who he will really support if given the choice between the two. He will tell this to your face on live TV before the DNC convention when he endorses Hillary Clinton. When this happens, I will be back here in this comment section to laugh at you. Hopefully by then you will have seen the light and decide to vote for Hillary, or at the very least stay the hell home. Trump is cancer. If you vote for him you are a scumbag fake-liberal traitor.

          • Blake Beagelsmith

            no; you are brainwashed.
            hillary has been a filthy criminal sociopath for over 20 YEARS IN GOVERNMENT. only a FOOL would vote for her. she is undoubtedly the WORST POSSIBLE CHOICE. you will never convince anybody different. you obviously have no idea how DISGUSTED the majority of Americans are by the TRASH clinton oligarchy. NO MORE.

            Trump is not even a politican yet. he would have to be an EVIL politcan for upwards of 20 YEARS to even get CLOSE the the treachery of clinton. wake up; she will NOT be president. stop dreaming. it is SANDERS or TRUMP.

          • Ryan744

            1) Tell me one issue that Bernie is campaigning on that you think is a good idea for policy in our country. 2) Tell me SPECIFICALLY how Trump is better on this issue than Hillary

            If you will not answer these questions then you are a fraud; not a real supporter of Bernie Sanders.

            We all know the issue isn’t marijuana: http://www.theweedblog.com/donald-trump-is-getting-some-very-negative-reports-about-colorado-marijuana-legalization/ Lololol

            And no, calling Hillary a “liar”, a “whore”, “evil”, or “trash” is not a specific answer to any question. In fact you have called her 17 names in this comment section, but you have never pointed out anything specific that she has done wrong, or any of her policy ideas that is bad.

      • Blake Beagelsmith

        the choice for anybody that is not a warmongering sociopath is bernie sanders.

        i hope you were joking there bud. or you MUST be another baby boomer…

        • Ryan744

          I voted for him already, and I’ll vote for him again if he’s nominated, but the only way that will happen now is if Hillary gets hit by a bus.

          Do you understand how big a lead 295 delegates is? He could win every single state left and still lose. He would need to start winning in a huge landslide, and there is no evidence that is happening at all.

      • Blake Beagelsmith

        hillary is a record liar. she will say whatever her sponsors pay her to say. trash.

    • lovingc

      You are crazy.

  • PhDScientist

    The people who are organizing this effort should have as many Cancer Patients, Parents of Kids with Seizure disorders, Vets with PTSD and Victims of Chronic pain speak as possible, as well as reading off a list of names of American Children who suffered and died, needlessly, because they were denied the medicine that could have saved their lives.

  • Voiceof thecitizens

    STOP breeding criminals out of CANNABIS! REGULATION shows responsibility among all other positive attributes of ending cannabis prohibition. SPEAK OUT and VOTE GREEN!

  • PhDScientist

    The Israeli’s say it best —

    Medical Marijuana is a “Gift from God” — “Tikkun Olam” — “To Heal The World”

    • Jeff Brown

      Rastas also declare cannabis/ganja to be the biblical tree of life for the healing of the nations. Truly a gift from God; food, clothing, shelter, energy, medicine, insight, re-creation. It has been mankinds companion and helpmate since the beginning. Any law against it is a crime against humanity, creation and the Creator.

    • http://wp1331.wordpress.com/ WarPony

      Ah, the Ashkenazi will dis the goy every time. It’s their code. The Zero has no affection for the USA as he has (again, like Bush) allowed the doubling of the National debt – to over $17 Trillions , most of which is controlled by Israel’s own poster boy zionista Rothschild. They like that we the taxpayers are their global plantation slaves, also handing over $5,Billion a year in foreign aid.

  • Scott Eaton

    I hate when NORML trys to take credit for anything because they haven’t done shit for legalization except make a pay check for its owners

    • Franklin

      NORML has been suspected as narc operation for the last 30 years. They raise money to pay their salaries. But this is DCMJ. They worked with the Marijuana Policy Project to get legal marijuana in the District. They have nothing to do with NORML other than the NORML rep showing up for the photo up when the job was done.

  • Jerry Cook

    Obama should link up with & back Bernie’s Bill to get this done, and other politicians should also back it instead of the Carers bill that is still a blatant lie at sched 2 with big pharma cannabis products already at sched 3! Are you kidding? The situation is insane!
    BACK BERNIES BILL to get this plant off the CSA period, EVERYONE, including DCMJ, with or without do nothing Obama!
    And best of luck to DCMJ with the april 2 protest toke up to get something done NOW!

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      Bernie Sanders’ Senate Bill SB 2237 to DE-SCHEDULE.

  • Mike Hemp

    Repeal All Cannabis Laws Now! Return Cannabis Freedom To The People, End The Drug War On People! Regulated cannabis is a continuation of the mindset of prohibition, by those in power, to control, profit from,and punish those who associate with cannabis. Deschedule cannabis and abolishment of all cannabis laws will return cannabis freedom to the people as it was 100 years ago.

  • briteleaf

    Obama is too gutless to fight to reschedule marijuana.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      He doesn’t even have to fight. All he has to do is reschedule cannabis, explain the evidence behind his action, and dare Congress to reverse him, which they have the power to do. But only if they want to take on overwhelming public opinion and science in an election year.

      • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

        Obama needs to DE-schedule, NOT RE-schedule cannabis.
        Support Senator Sanders’ SB 2237 senate bill to DE-schedule.

        • saynotohypocrisy

          True. But after his recent comment that he won’t be doing either, even his rescheduling would be a big miracle.

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      And he “laughed” at the thought of legalization on Th-26-Mar-2k9…
      (I have NOT forgotten that day!).

      • saynotohypocrisy

        Was that the same day he made fun of his supporters for wanting him to address the subject? I haven’t forgotten that act of disrespect.
        He’s a living stereotype, the guy who liked weed when he was young, but repudiated that part of his life and now has no sympathy for people doing what he did, to the point of not even having any respect for medical marijuana. What a loser.

        • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

          Yes it was.
          Obama MOCKED the highest-trending topics that day,
          (cannabis law reform, pot re-legalization, medical marijuana, industrial hemp, et. al),
          posted to the Electronic Town Hall Meeting message boards in the days prior to
          his live telecast that Thursday.

          At that point, I regretted casting a vote for him in the 2k8 General Election,
          (not that I was at all impressed w/ his vague rhetoric on “reforming the drug war”,
          just voted for him, only to prevent a Republican from gaining the White House),
          and subsequently, casting my ballot for Jill Stein, Green Party instead, in 2k12.

          Granted,
          Obama did allow Colorado’s and Wa-State’s
          voter-approved legalization to proceed in 2k13,
          (despite a tenuous state-federal legal schism;
          a hypothetical Pres McCain, instead would’ve just said, “follow federal law”),
          and Obama did later “admit” that pot is “no worse than alcohol”,
          (to the chagrin of former DEA head Michelle Lyingheart),
          however, he could have done much more for cannabis law reform, (and hasn’t),
          deferring those decisions to a largely Republican House and Senate.

  • JohnB

    The continuation of blind, unqualified approbation for Obama despite his dismal record on so many important issues to the very communities that give him such approval is absolutely inexplicable.
    Well, maybe there IS an explanation, but no one ever wants to hear about so-called ‘reverse” racism.

  • metalbuoy

    You’re talking about a “president” who went to a baseball game with a communist dictator during a terrorist attack. Dont expect much from his lazy a$$ just vote for bernie. At least I can look myself in the mirror and state I never voted for the racist punk liar.

  • Angalee Jones

    Remove cannabis/marijuana from any all all drug lists…it’s a food like spinach and grapes….all should have the freedom to grow nature and consume it. IT is genocide to keep necessary nutrition and growing edible food or medicinal plants full of nutrition from people animals need cannabis too. Cannabis is a human right….it was the worlds most important crop in the 1920’s and in thousands of products, cannabis was a patented medicine by big pharma companies before being prohibited big names that some are still in business or were bought out. Cannabis has not ever killed anyone these restrictions are absurd…bicycles kill and they are everywhere so are cars. Kids can get behind the wheel of a dangerous machine at 15 and 16. Die and or kill in wars at 18 but are not allowed to consume a super food like cannabis…when George Washington grew and smoked it so he was a criminal then right….when right now Israel has done thousands of studies and other countries… our lying government wants each state to pay for their own research to regurgitate the obvious same studies …cannabis is a health giving food like spinach, kale with the benefit of being heated it’s good for pain and a feeling of well being. CANNABIS/MARIJUANA IS NUTRITION…if parents don’t want their kids smoking it …smoking is a parental issue not governments. Don’t government have enough real problems than to obsess about others plant consumption or sex life or their own personal health issue or gardening by individuals. We demand full Federal Repeal and we don’t need each state having different cannabis laws we need one law…the freedom to grow and consume this super food.

    • Fungi Sclerotia 1427

      On 04-November-2015,
      Senator Bernard Sanders introduced Senate Bill 2237,
      the “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2015”,
      to remove cannabis from the federal CSA,
      (federal DE-scheduling of cannabis, to let each state decide for themselves).

      However, SB 2237 has yet to receive senate support or co-sponsors…

      Please contact your own state’s senators and
      ask them to support / co-sponsor SB 2237:
      http://salsa3.salsalabs[DOT]com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17703

      ^^^ Above link is to NORML’s Take Action page for SB 2237 ^^^

      ~ ~ ~ Bernie Sanders says “Legalize IT already!” ~ ~ ~