WASHINGTON, DC — Cannabis legalization leaders from DCMJ will meet with White House officials on April 25. Adam Eidinger, who organized a series of demonstrations outside the White House gates in recent weeks, will lead a small delegation to be the first of what he hopes will be a series of meetings on federal cannabis policy reform.
The White House meeting comes amidst a flurry of cannabis-related news from the administration following the recent high-profile protests, which began with a mass consumption of cannabis outside the White House on April 2. The Drug Enforcement Administration announced April 4 that it would issue a decision in the coming weeks whether to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the April 2nd demonstration to hear from veterans, civil rights activists, patients’ advocates and others who called on President Obama to act immediately to end marijuana prohibition. They returned April 16 for a free cannabis seed giveaway that stretched along Pennsylvania Avenue within view of the West Wing.
Activists noted that President Obama already has the congressional authority to remove marijuana from the federal government’s list of controlled substances. States cannot truly begin to implement their own legal cannabis initiatives so long as businesses cannot access the federal banking system. If the administration were to “deschedule” marijuana, scientists and doctors would also face far fewer roadblocks to the development and delivery of medical cannabis.
On April 21, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) received authorization from the DEA to move forward with research funded by the State of Colorado into medical cannabis treatments for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
In addition to ending federal control over cannabis, activists are calling on President Obama to use his power to pardon nonviolent offenders who are still suffering from outdated prohibition policies. Activists hope that the initial White House meeting will be the first in a series focused on cannabis policy reform. We would like to see these meetings build towards a White House “Bud Summit” to promote an open national dialogue about cannabis.
With research showing that opiate related overdoses are falling in states that have legalized medical cannabis, we feel a duty to our brothers and sisters who are suffering to fight for their access without delay. We see such promising signs for medical cannabis in the fight against cancer, epilepsy and so many other serious and devastating conditions. We all know someone who needs marijuana prohibition to end today and that’s who we’re fighting for.
Our Support for DCMJ
420 USA is proud of DCMJ’s leadership in the fight to end marijuana prohibition. Our team has been on the ground at the White House demonstrations and we will continue to support DCMJ’s organizational efforts.
Our main goals at 420 USA are to end cannabis-related criminal penalties, ensure medical access, and erase the unjust legacy of marijuana prohibition. We strongly believe that those most harmed by the policies of prohibition deserve to share in the benefits of legal cannabis. We are calling on lawmakers to expunge unjust marijuana-related criminal records so that all Americans will be free to pursue their dreams — whether in the legal cannabis industry or elsewhere.
Our latest newsletter has more information about 420 USA’s outreach to Republican primary voters about Andy Harris, whose cannabis-friendly challenger has criticized the Maryland congressman for obstructing legal cannabis laws in the District of Columbia.
420 USA has received substantial support from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a socially-conscious company that also played a key role in supporting the efforts of DCMJ.org and the DC Cannabis Campaign.
Zack Pesavento is the President of 420 USA. His consulting firm supported the DC Cannabis Campaign’s successful 2014 initiative to legalize non-commercial cannabis cultivation and possession in the District of Columbia. 420 USA is a Super PAC that is dedicated to amplifying the nationwide cannabis legalization movement. More information is available at 420USAPAC.com