Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing – November 11-13, 2016

For the second year, DCMJ will be assisting in the production of Catharsis on the Mall. Scheduled to take place on Veteran’s Day weekend, November 11 to 13, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, Catharsis will feature speakers, workshops, interactive artwork, music, and feature the ceremonial burning of the Temple of Rebirth on the evening of Saturday, November 12.

Last year’s theme, “Healing from the Drug War,” was an amazing guide for the artwork. The theme creates connections and conversations when our diverse interests, knowledge, and backgrounds intersect. It is with great excitement we present the art theme for this year:

“The Journey Home”

Catharsis on the Mall’s 2016 art theme is dedicated to those who have experienced traumatic stress and their journey home.

We experience traumatic events that displace our mind, fracture our lives, and violate our perceptions. One moment can cause such upheaval, that it might seem impossible to return to that safe place we once knew. When our lives are ripped asunder, and we are left to pick up the pieces and stitch them back together, the struggle to recenter and find yourself feels insurmountable.

Traumatic stress was written in 760 BCE by a Greek poet, Homer, in the Iliad and the Odyssey, and studied by the historian Herodotus in 490 BCE. It has been present in every war ever fought. It has been present in every community that experiences rape, brutality, oppression, and systematic violence. Violence and disaster can have lasting impacts on body and mind.

Despite its timeless reach, it has widely been swept away and disregarded as a personal weakness, not a disease. The survivors of hellish trauma left to fend for themselves and often told they are “weak” or to “toughen up.” We have come along way.

Breaking through the cycles of anger, depression, and victimization with time, understanding, and forgiveness can lead us home to safe and comfortable place once more; a task infinitely easier to write than to perform. Communal experience and expression can lead to lasting transformation and peace. It can bring those who are ready home.

Home is where you feel at ease and safe. It is not pinned down to a physical location with a door and windows; it has no borders. It is a place where we take refuge and our base of operations. It is accepting and loving. We gather in this space.

We gather to celebrate wellness and reintegration. We gather for art and community. We gather to shake free from the stigmas of surviving. We gather to honor and support those who travel this road alongside us. We gather to end the silent suffering of millions. We are on the journey home together.


Catharsis on the Mall is built by the community, for the community. There will be lots of opportunities to participate at the vigil. We want your art to display, we want to hear your stories, and, most importantly, we need your help with building and running the event.

Click here to RSVP on Facebook!

More details soon! Make sure you sign up for our e-mail list to find out the latest!

March of the Clones

Check out the video from March of the Clones:

“March Of The Clones” Washington DC 09.24.16 from Mike Flugennock on Vimeo.

For far too long the power of the Dark eeide (the DEA, the prison industrial complex, and ignorant members of Congress) has lead to the arrest and jailing of millions of Americans for non-violent drug offenses. As President Obama’s final days at the White House wind down, he needs to be reminded that he can be a Force of Good and end the failed war on drugs NOW.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, we will gather at 2pm in Dupont Circle for a short rally, then at 3pm we will march 1 mile down Connecticut Ave. to the White House, and at 4:20pm we will engage in mass civil disobedience on Pennsylvania Ave.

We urge everyone to bring cannabis cuttings that weigh under an two ounces to create a sea of green to show President Obama that cannabis is a harmless plant not worthy of being in the Controlled Substances Act.

This is an unpermitted demonstration but is a first amendment protected activity. However, possession of cannabis on federal property is still a crime which we believe must end. Possessing cannabis in Dupont Circle and Lafayette Park (both National Parks) is unlawful and is an arrestable act of civil disobedience. Those wishing to participate but who do not wish to break law can join us on DC streets (Connecticut Ave. outside of Dupont Circle and Pennsylvania Ave. by way of 17th St.) without fear of arrest.

Please spread the word about the March of the Clones by inviting your friends on Facebook or tweeting about the demonstration using the hashtag #MarchOfTheClones !

RSVP for the Upcoming DCMJ Planning Meetings

Join us next month as we resume our regular, bi-weekly meetings!

DCMJ Planning Meeting #12

DATE: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
TIME: 7-8:30PM
ADDRESS: 1630 7th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

DCMJ Planning Meeting #13

DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
TIME: 7-8:30PM
ADDRESS: 3162 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010



Last month we said that when the DEA makes it’s decision on cannabis descheduling we’d either protest or celebrate at 4:20pm on the day of the announcement.

Today is the day. Unfortunately, it is extremely hot today, so we are moving the emergency demonstration to 8:20 PM THIS EVENING!

The Obama Administration’s DEA is TONE DEAF on cannabis reform, so tonight our demonstration will feature #ToneDeafKaraoke

We will poorly sing ballads of reform, like the Obama Administration’s DEA has poorly reformed America’s cannabis policies.

We will insult the ears of everyone at the White House like they are insulting every American that believes in rational drug policy.

Here we are, 43 years and millions of marijuana arrests later, and we being told that cannabis is still as dangerous as heroin. WHAT THE HELL?!?! The Obama Administration’s DEA thinks Americans should go to jail for a non-toxic plant. WE THINK OTHERWISE!

We are going to take our outrage, anger, shear annoyance and we are going to make some noise! If you don’t want to sing, bring your pots and pans so Malia will hear you!

We’ve heard rumors angry activists may even throw their cannabis plants plants, seeds, and even lit joints over the White House fence.


We are calling for a mass-mobilization on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

We are not going to sit by and let Obama, Hillary, or Trump get a pass on cannabis reform!  The Time is NOW!


WHO: You, your friends, and everyone you forward this email to!
WHEN: TONIGHT, Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 8:20pm
WHERE: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC, North of the White House
WHY: The Obama Administration’s DEA is out of touch with the American people’s demands for cannabis reform and need to be told that cannabis should be removed entirely from the Controlled Substances Act NOW!


INVITE: The B.U.D. Summit — Saturday, August 20, 2016

The BUD Summit is taking place on Saturday, August 20

The Business, Understanding, & Development Summit (BUD Summit) is an effort to facilitate innovation and education for the cannabis industry on the East coast.

On August 20 in Washington, DC, we will capture the explosion of cannabis business, policy, culture, and investments made since the passing of legislation throughout the country.

The BUD Summit the evolution of the work accomplished with The Capitol CannaShow—the Mid­‐Atlantic’s largest and Washington, D.C.’s first cannabis conference and exposition. In the midst of an election year and with several state initiatives on ballots, there is no better place to capture the energy fueling the movement than mere blocks from our nation’s Capitol. New cannabis legislation is inevitable and we want to help you prepare to operate in this new environment.
The BUD Summit is taking place on Saturday, August 20


Dynamic lectures on starting and growing a canna-business: (

  • An update from Adam Eidinger on the state of D.C. cannabis policy

  • A seminar with the industry’s most successful canna-business start-ups

  • Key-note speeches from Rick Simpson, Keith Stroup, and other industry leaders

  • A cultivation education center sponsored by DC Hydroponics

  • A 6,000 square foot exhibition area featuring top Canna-businesses nationwide

  • Advocacy opportunities with NORML, MPP, SSDP, Weed For Warriors, and more!

  • The Hot Box” is a unique opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to access accredited investors and accelerators

Take a monumental leap towards laying the foundation for the next generation of cannabis entrepreneurial success.

Visit more information and register now.

Don’t forget to RSVP & invite your friends on Facebook!