About three weeks ago we all saw Bill Maher lighting up a joint on show and stating his remarks and warned about the fragility of marijuana. It was undoubtedly a bold move that has inspired a lot of the marijuana advocates, especially in Washington D.C. who are planning to smoke cannabis in front of the White House on April 2.
This protest plan in announced and organized by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and it calls cannabis enthusiasts to gather in front of the white house, where the speakers will demand from President Barack Obama reschedule marijuana without Congress and pardon all Americans imprisoned for cannabis charges, as he has the power to do so.
When the speakers are done, the participants will be invited to commit acts of civil disobedience.
It is scheduled on April 2 instead of the traditional weed holiday on April 20, in order to underline the call for rescheduling marijuana. The light up time, however, remains 4:20 PM.
The organizer of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, Adam Eidinger, stated: “There is a huge pent-up demand for this right now, we actually do have the support to do this.”
“We’re calling on the whole country to come,” he says.
This is a national mobilization. Some of us may end up in jail, and that’s fine. It’s actually necessary at this point.”
At first, the plan for the protest and its goals may seem impossible, but looking at the organizers background and their track of success, it does not seem as a pipe dream after all.
The 2014 ballot initiative which was the end of local penalties for minor possessions and cultivation of cannabis in D.C. was their own plan. Also in March 2015, after the congressional Republicans blocked the regulated sales, they hosted two enormous marijuana seed giveaways.
It was Bill Maher’s courageous act, when he smoked a joint on air, as well as his warning that state-level legalization is vulnerable and the fact that legalization was far from a done deal, that polled the campaign’s supporters whether to host the protest after it.
The organizers say that Bill Maher will get his own invite and they hope that more than 1,000 people will attend the civil disobedience. Those uninterested in arrest will be provided the opportunity to avoid the risk.
“We have to take action now, that’s the idea,” Eidinger says. “If it’s not going to happen under Obama, it’s sure as hell not going to happen with Hillary.”
Eidinger believes that President Obama, who considers marijuana less dangerous than alcohol, is the reformers’ best chance at rescheduling cannabis, which would open the door for advanced researches and a potential for the lawful use of marijuana as medicine, as well as flinging open penitentiary doors.
“He should pardon tens of thousands of marijuana growers in jail right now. And he should be pardoning them all,” he says.
“The war on drugs is a failure? Mass incarceration is a failure? Then do something about it.”
The rescheduling of marijuana, according to Eidinger, would be a significant step toward full federal legalization of cannabis. As you probably already know, marijuana is a Schedule 1 substance, with no accepted medical value and a potential for abuse.
“This is going to be an extremely personal protest with the president,” Eidinger states.
“It is not going to be Trump people out there. This is going to be his so-called base that thought he would do something for us that is essentially giving up. The only way to stop this protest is to start doing something. We threw the gauntlet down today, essentially.”
The protest was announced on Super Tuesday and will be happening on a great Saturday, April 2. Be there and help the movement!