DCMJ to Call on Congress to Remove DC Rider Preventing the District’s Government from Sensibly Regulating Adult-Use Stores and Cafes
DCMJ, the advocacy and educational organization that spearheaded Initiative 71, which legalized cannabis in the District of Columbia, will lead the 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession — a free cannabis giveaway — on April 20 for members of Congress. Also included will be Congressional staffers, credentialed journalists, support staff, interns, and 21-or-older Capitol Hill workers with valid Congressional identification, according to the organization.
DC residents will lawfully give away at least 1,000 free cannabis legally home-grown joints. They will call on Speaker Ryan and Congress to reauthorize the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment. That is what currently prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from using funds to step in or interfere with DC and state medical cannabis laws.Rohrabacher-Farr expires April 28. To date, the amendment has protected nearly two-thirds of country from federal legal intervention. However, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment must be approved by Congress every year in the federal budget.
Additionally, DCMJ will also call on Speaker Ryan and Congress to remove the DC budget rider that prevents the DC government from regulating adult-use stores and cafes.“Americans don’t want a crackdown on legal cannabis — they want Congress to end cannabis prohibition once and for all,” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ. “Giving adults access to cannabis and individuals and small business owners legal protection in all 50 states is what the American people have been asking for — just take one look at last year’s election.
“It is time Congress remove cannabis from its Schedule I classification — and act,” Eidinger said. “On 420, we’ll celebrate adults making informed choices based on facts, rather than propaganda. Our demonstration will begin to lift the special-interest smokescreen giving Congress cover and preventing responsible cannabis laws from being enacted at the federal level.”“It would be a grave mistake to ignore the will of the American people, and for Congress to continue to remain action-less, or to arbitrarily cherry pick when and where to respect DC and states rights,” added Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DCMJ. “Cannabis consumers across America create tens of thousands of state-legal jobs and valuable economic activity and taxes that support vital programs in states and cities.
“Congress and the Trump Administration would be better served getting familiar with facts instead of using scare tactics and outdated talking points that have been debunked by science,” Schiller said. “We need to know if Speaker Ryan will truly work to make America great again.
“The number of cannabis reform bills before the 115th Congress is at an all time high, but the lack of Congressional action is no laughing matter,’ Schiller said. A federal solution is needed now.”
DCMJ will also request that Congress reaffirm the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to step in or interfere with state-legal medical cannabis laws. DCMJ further calls on the Appropriations Committee amend or remove the budget rider restricting the District of Columbia government from regulating adult-use stores and cafes.
Some of the more hidebound cannabis advocacy organizations disapprove of DCMJ’s activist tactics. The National Cannabis Industry Association, which has attempted to curry favor with the Trump Administration, is one of those. NCIA leader Aaron Smith called the planned DCMJ joint giveaway “counterproductive behavior,” reports Eli Watkins at CNN.
“We don’t condone illegal activity,” Smith told CNN. For a bit of perspective, ALL marijuana use, possession, and sales which have occurred in the United States for the past 80 years is “illegal activity” under federal law.
National Organization for the Reform on Marijuana Laws (NORML) executive director Erik Altieri said that while he respected DCMJ, their kind of direct action was “not the strategy that we typically take.”
#JointSession Cannabis Giveaway Details
WHAT: The 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession, A Free Cannabis Giveaway
Two free joints per valid Congressional ID
WHO: Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ
Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of DCMJ
DCMJ volunteers and legalization advocates
Supporters of congressional cannabis reform and those with valid Congressional IDs who are 21 years of age or older.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017
High noon to 6:20 p.m.
WHERE: On non-federal land near the corner of First Street and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC NE