The DCMJ is keeping the pressure on the nation’s capital a month after their massive 4/20 smoke-in in front of the White House. The group, which led the movement to pass Initiative 71 in the District of Columbia, met last month with Obama administration officials in an effort to stimulate the conversation on rescheduling cannabis but was less than thrilled with the low-level staff they met with.
A special day
“One of the founding fathers of America’s failed war on drugs.”
That founding father is Harry J. Anslinger, whose attempt to bolster his position in the shrinking Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics led to a smear campaign against the plant he claimed:
“Makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
The demonstration featured public pot consumption, but was uninterrupted by nearby Secret Service agents, while last month’s rally resulted in 2 citations.
“U.S. Veterans: 7% of the population, 20% of the suicides displayed.”
The rally culminated in a “die-in”, where members laid on the ground for 22 minutes, to symbolize the average of 22 veterans who take their own lives every day. Often, these forms of protest lead to mass arrests, as they disrupt pedestrian traffic. But this die-in led by Brandon Wyatt, an attorney and disabled veteran, was left undisturbed.
Plans for the months ahead
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