Pro-marijuana activists gathered outside the White House gates and toked to bring awareness to the plight of marijuana legalization. On April 2, 2016, according to the Washington Post, pro-marijuana activists developed what they said would be the largest public display of pot-smoking in the nation’s capital. There was a general light-hearted atmosphere at the event, which was streamed live on Facebook through Fusion. It appeared to be a convivial gathering of dancing smokers, despite the fact that the message was quite serious. A giant 51-foot joint was carried through the throng of on-lookers bearing the words, “Obama Deschedule Cannabis Now!” The moniker is referencing the fact that cannabis is a class one scheduled drug, like heroin. This classification makes it difficult to do medical testing and clinical research. Furthermore, the federal offenses for the plant are on equal ground with ecstasy, cocaine and LSD.
The protesters are in opposition to this, not only from a recreational standpoint but a medical purpose as well. Adam Eidinger, the primary organizer of the protest, predicted that there will be hundreds of people taking part in civil disobedience. They were risking mass arrest in order to demand that the President pick up the pace on this legislature. Eidinger was concerned that with a Republican in the White House, the chances of a legalized marijuana would be as temporal as a puff of smoke in the wind. There have been close to 5 million marijuana-based arrests since the President took office. Getting the plant removed from the nation’s list of the most dangerous drugs is instrumental in getting the states to approve cannabis’ legality.
In conjunction to the protest taking place in front of the White House, a Pennsylvania bill was passed Saturday, which would allow those suffering from medical problems to receive medical marijuana prescribed for that purpose. WGAL News reported that the bill was specifically for the physicians, medical marijuana dispensaries, and the growers of the plant. The Bill still needs approval from Senate, who approved a similar bill last year.
By Juanita Lewis
Edited by Cathy Milne
Facebook: Fusion Stream
The Washington Post: Marijuana advocates vow to get arrested smoking pot outside the White House
WGAL News 8: House votes to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
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