Update on the White House Meetings

Just last week the people who brought legal cannabis to Washington D.C. met with staff at the White House.  How did that go?


DCMJ, the cannabis legalization group that successfully worked to pass the Initiative 71 ballot measure legalizing marijuana in the District of Columbia, called their meeting with the White House “a move in the right direction” toward removing marijuana from Schedule One of the Controlled Substance Act.

“This is a good first step, but we hope to continue the dialogue with the White House,” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ. “We thanked the White House for extending the invitation, but it is clear that our work is far from finished. This is only the start. What we are requesting is a higher level meeting with senior administration officials, ultimately moving toward a cannabis policy reform summit with President Obama and key stakeholders such as patients, patient advocates, business owners, grassroots advocates, the disabled community, scientists, the medical community, veterans and others.”

The meeting came after DCMJ staged a peaceful “Reschedule 420” demonstration and non-violent civil disobedience on Pennsylvania Avenue on April 2, that featured a 51-foot inflatable joint and drew thousands of activists and supporters, some of whom lit up marijuana to protest listing cannabis as a Schedule One drug. Two weeks later, DCMJ shared cannabis seeds and cuttings with more than a 1,000 people in front of the White House.

“As an activist organization representing our members, as well as the legalization movement, we will continue to organize, drive awareness and use all peaceful means necessary to press our case in favor of removing cannabis from Schedule One of the Controlled Substance Act,” added Eidinger, who led the two-person DCMJ delegation at Monday’s meeting at the White House. “In simple terms, the federal government says marijuana is a more dangerous drug than crystal methamphetamine. In simple terms, we say that is an absurd, outdated and a dangerous way of thinking.”

If this is all news to you, last week’s detailed story is HERE.

The people who got the meeting were trying to be nice in what they said about the meeting.  Let’s see how it looked to the Washington Post newspaper.

Leaders of the ballot-measure fight that legalized marijuana in the nation’s capital said they were granted a White House meeting, but it was with two junior-level staffers in President Obama’s Office of National Drug Control Policy.  There was no presidential entourage, no promises of more meetings to come. In fact, there was no visit to the White House proper, but a mostly empty conference room in an adjacent building.
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Since the meeting was with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the administration officials present are not able to advocate for reclassifying marijuana thanks to funding restrictions imposed by Congress.

In a statement, a spokesman for the office played down Monday’s meeting: “Over the years, the Office of National Drug Control Policy has met with numerous organizations representing varied perspectives on drug policy. As laid out in the National Drug Control Strategy, the Administration’s drug policy continues to focus on a balanced public health and public safety approach to reduce drug use and its consequences.”

Thirty minutes after the meeting began, Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DC Marijuana Justice, were done and outside the White House. They held a banner that read “President Obama, We need a higher level meeting.”

Now what? “I’m going to write more letters,” Eidinger said.

This full story and original post is HERE.

We still have work to do ahead of the upcoming election.  Come Out for Cannabis and do it today.

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Author: DavidB

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