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 April 21, 2016

washington dc marijuana legalizationThe White House extended an invitation to meet with the leadership of DCMJ, the cannabis legalization organization that successfully worked to pass the Initiative 71, the ballot measure that legalized marijuana in the District of Columbia.

The meeting, set for Monday, April 25, comes in the wake of DCMJ’s peaceful “Reschedule 420” demonstration and non-violent civil disobedience on Pennsylvania Avenue, that featured a 51-foot inflatable joint and drew thousands of activists and supporters, some of whom lit up cannabis in defiance of the federal government listing marijuana as a Schedule One drug.

“DCMJ appreciates greatly the invitation by the Obama administration to begin an educated and passionate dialogue into the need to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule One drugs,” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ. “Thanks to Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, Americans, especially people of color, are needlessly incarcerated, and critical medical research into the healing properties of cannabis is placed on hold for no good reason.”

Eidinger added, “We have long been hopeful that this President would be the one who would rectify this unnecessary injustice. Now, as his presidency approaches its twilight, we’re again optimistic that President Obama will take action. That’s the message we plan to convey to his aides when we meet.”

First initiated in 1970 during the Nixon administration, under the Controlled Substance Act, Schedule One recklessly lumps marijuana in with drugs like heroin and Quaaludes.

“This is an opportunity for the White House to meet with serious and committed cannabis activists and hear our case for why it’s in President Obama’s best interest to work with the attorney general to fully remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, ” said DCMJ, co-founder and communications director, Nikolas Schiller, who will join Eidinger at the White House meeting.

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  14 Responses to “Obama Administration Invites DCMJ To White House For Meeting On Marijuana Scheduling Issue”

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    “Schedule One recklessly lumps marijuana in with drugs like heroin and Quaaludes”

    Yep, exactly, reckless is the word for it, and we’re beginning to understanding the full magnitude of the deaths and suffering their recklessness has caused to patients and their loved ones.

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      I would use the word crimminal a crime worthy of war crimes status . Thank you Nixon. What a scurge. My life would have. Been very different .

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    There’s a lesson here. Keith Stroup wrote in the NORML blog “I cringed last weekend when I saw news photos of a protest and demonstration in front of the White House …” The blog post is titled “Time to move beyond street theater”. I understand the point he was trying to make but the nonetheless it’s DCMJ and not NORML or DPA that got invited for a meeting. ‘Street Theater’ done right is a powerful tool for change.

    “Reason is the only way to change what we’re creating
    But reason sometimes turns into another word for waiting
    Oh stop, I don’t wanna hear it now, I don’t wanna hear it anymore
    You keep right on talking but I don’t wanna hear it
    No, I don’t wanna hear it anymore”
    — Melanie Safka

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      I’m really not surprised NORML’s response to this protest was so snooty and condescending. I hate to say it, as it is certainly the case that NORML is generally the first organization most cannabis law reform activists prescribe to when they initially get involved with this issue, but over the last five years, the more I examine NORML’s actions and history, the more convinced I am that they’re more of a ‘staple’ of activism than anything else — ubiquitous, but too inactive to be called activists, themselves.

      It was before my time, but I was told NORML pushed heavily for decriminalization in the 70s instead of legalization, insisting that legalization would happen “soon afterwards,” which of course did not happen. Supposedly, NORML’s laissez-faire flavor of activism is what caused the founders of the Marijuana Policy Project to become disenfranchised with NORML and form MPP in 1995 (after NORML fired them). Since then, it has been MPP, not NORML, which has been actually working to change laws instead of the loftier goals of “raising awareness” and soliciting donations. The majority of the state-level laws for medical and recreational cannabis have been spearheaded by MPP while NORML’s involvement is more akin to cheerleaders at a football game. If you look at which organizations support the campaigns of pro-cannabis elected officials, MPP’s donations dwarf those of NORML’s, which are virtually non-existent.

      To be frank, NORML says a lot, but does very little. NORML has been around since the 70s, but change only really started happening since the 90s, when MPP was founded. NORML has had over four decades and achieved very little in that time, so it’s no shock that they’re turning their noses up at this protest, and I’d wager they’re REALLY mad DCMJ was invited to the White House.

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        Thanks for filling in the background. I remember hearing some of the story about why MPP broke away. I agree their track record is a hell of a lot better than NORML when it comes to getting things done.

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    I ONLY DO FACE TO FACE INTERVIEWS. TRUST ME YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!! I believe you know where to find me. Good energy and vibes your way Mr. Obama.!

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    Cannabis without a doubt does not belong in schedule I. A schedule I substance is defined as having no medical use in the United States. The majority of the states now recognize some medical use and have laws indicating such use. The states are allowed to make laws determining medical use and that is why since 1996 when California was the first the feds have not overturned those laws. So the feds need to do the right thing and remove cannabis from schedule I and be one with the states and the people.

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    criminalizing cannabis was the direct cause of the great depression

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    No, change really started in the 70’s when NORML was the only national voice for reform and 10 states decriminalized. NORML worked for the only reform that had majority support at the time. NORML has always supported full legalization. It was working for reform long before any of the spinoff groups like MPP and DPA, which might never have existed without NORML blazing a trail toward reform when it was not as popular. It is popular today, largely due to NORML’s efforts.

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    IS NORML INVITED?

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      How about LEAP or MPP or ASA ?
      These three organizations have also played a sizeable and positive role in getting the REAL word out there about cannabis.
      All representative cannabis entities have the challenge of breaking down the paradigm and myopic view of cannabis due to eighty years of a smear and fear campaign orchestrated by Big Business (DuPont and Hearst) bedding down with OUR Government. It is a huge endeavor, however; as seen in the last five years PROGRESS has been astounding, when comparing it to years beyond the last five.
      Just keep hammerin’ at it in a civil and constructive way. No need to give them more ammunition than they’ve already armed themselves with for the last eight decades …
      Peace.

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    Finally….with 24 states now having legalized to at least some extent and more on the way….it is good to see the president’s administration taking this next step. That was one hell of a protest and you gotta love the giant joint. I would have loved to have been a part of it. But, I honestly think the government is more interested because of the money not the patients. Regardless, raise your hand if you’d like to be a fly on the wall during this meeting.

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