Standing Up for DC in Maryland

Help us flip the first!

Maybe you heardsaw, or read the news? Adam has rented a house in Salisbury, Maryland to help unseat tyrant Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD).  The photograph above was taken last Friday afternoon at the Wicomico County Board of Elections and shows Adam and his housemate Kris registering to vote in Maryland.

With the Maryland Primary Election fast-approaching on Tuesday, June 26 (one week after DC’s primary), we are looking for activists who are interested in registering voters, knocking on doors, phone banking, and helping to #FlipTheFirst.

This weekend we’ll be hitting ground running and we’d love for you to get involved!  Please email FlipTheFirst@DCMJ.org with your name and phone number.

RSVP For The Next DCMJ Planning Meetings

Join us at our upcoming planning meetings

DCMJ Planning Meeting #8

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30PM
LOCATION: Petworth Neighborhood Library
ADDRESS: 4200 Kansas Ave NW, Washington, DC
CLICK HERE TO RSVP ON FACEBOOK


DCMJ Planning Meeting #9

DATE: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30PM
LOCATION: West End Neighborhood Library
ADDRESS: 2301 L St NW, Washington, DC
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DCMJ Planning Meeting #10

DATE: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30PM
LOCATION:Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
ADDRESS: 3160 16th Street, Washington, DC
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DCMJ Planning Meeting #11

DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
TIME: 7-8:30PM
LOCATION:Palisades Neighborhood Library
ADDRESS: 4901 V Street NW, Washington, DC
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A Fair Shot – Representation for Taxation

Join us on Tuesday, March 27 for A Fair Shot - Representation for Taxation

*MEDIA ADVISORY: Cannabis advocates to host a “Fair Shot Popup at the John A. Wilson Building on Tuesday, March 27, 2018*

DC Cannabis Business Association and DCMJ call on the District Council to take action on cannabis

Advocates will hold rally outside Wilson A. Building and lawfully share cannabis outside District Council Chambers

WASHINGTON, DC— Cannabis advocates from the newly-formed DC Cannabis Business Association (“DCCBA”) and DCMJ will hold a rally and cannabis popup at the John A. Wilson Building at 9am, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Outraged by the increasing number of cannabis-related arrests and the inability for District residents operate legal cannabis businesses, advocates are demanding immediate action by the District Council. Advocates are calling for the District Council to pass legislation that opens the medical cannabis program to home-based businesses, implement the immediate expungement of all former cannabis crimes legalized under Initiative 71, and demand members of the District Council lobby opposing members of Congress for the repeal of the Harris Rider from the federal budget for the District of Columbia.

“I want to pay taxes,” says Lisa Scott, a founding member of the DC Cannabis Business Association, and owner of the small business “Bud Appétit,” which specializes in cannabis-infused food and beverage consulting. “The District Government is sitting on it’s hands when it comes to cannabis reform and in doing so they are leaving behind hundreds, if not thousands, of African-American small business owners who want to contribute to the betterment of the District of Columbia. Moreover, the District government is not doing enough to repair the records of thousands of its citizens who were caught up in the failed war on drugs.”

“While the Harris Rider deals only with ‘recreational’ cannabis, the District Council is free to pass legislation that opens up the overtly restrictive medical cannabis program to allow more small-business owners to participate,” explains Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ and proposer of Initiative 71. “If a District resident wants to bring their extra homegrown cannabis to a local farmers market, they should be able sell it to any adult without fear of arrest. All cannabis is medical to me and just because unelected members of Congress think otherwise, doesn’t mean the District Council should not stand up for residents and encourage ‘ganjapreneurship.’ That’s why we are calling for our elected officials to go to the Hill and meet with members of Congress to lobby for the removal of the tyrannical Harris Rider.”

Initiative 71 allows adults to possess up to 2 ounces of cannabis and give up to an ounce away to other adults. There is nothing in the law that says adults cannot legally give out cannabis inside District government buildings. Advocates intend to share cannabis inside the John A. Wilson building to make the point that they’d rather be able to legally sell cannabis and pay taxes than the current system of “popups,” which are temporary cannabis markets that the District Council created with their misguided legislation that bans private cannabis events. The Harris Rider, prevents the District Council from passing any laws that reduce penalties for “recreational” cannabis, including the opening of non-medical cannabis dispensaries.


WHAT: “A Fair Shot- Representation for Taxation” DCMJ & DCCBA Rally and Cannabis Popup
WHO: DCMJ, DCCBA, and cannabis reform supporters.
WHEN: 9:00am to 10:15am EST, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Rally: 9:00am to 9:30am
Cannabis Popup: 9:30am to 10:15am
WHERE: Rally: Outside 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Cannabis Popup: Outside of District Council Chambers, Room 500, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW


Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Bring It Home – National Days of Action

Take Part in the Bring It Home Campaign this April!

During the first week of April 2018 join cannabis activists from around the country for three days of demonstrations. The “Bring It Home” Campaign aims to highlight the fact that even states with some forms of legalized cannabis, many adults cannot legally “Bring It Home”

MONDAY, APRIL 2 – Adults receiving government assistance for their housing can be evicted from their homes for the possession, use, and cultivation of cannabis. Although 29 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have legalized some form of cannabis, as long as the federal government classifies cannabis as Schedule One substance, adults cannot use, possess, or grow cannabis if they receive any government assistance. This needs to change!
LOCATION = Your Nearest HUD Building
Not sure where they are? Check: https://www.hud.gov/program_o…/field_policy_mgt/localoffices

CONFIRMED DEMONSTRATIONS:
Baltimore, MD – 3pm @ 417 E Fayette St
Washington, DC – 12pm @ 451 7th St SW + 4pm @ 1133 North Capitol St NE

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TUESDAY, APRIL 3 – Veterans who valiantly served in the United States military are denied the right to obtain a recommendation for cannabis from the VA doctor. Although 30 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have legalized some form of cannabis, as long as the federal government classifies cannabis as Schedule One substance, Veterans cannot use, possess, or grow cannabis at any VA Building. This needs to change!
LOCATION = Your Nearest VA Building
Not sure where they are? Check: https://www.va.gov/statedva.htm

CONFIRMED DEMONSTRATIONS:
Baltimore, MD – 3pm @ 31 Hopkins Plaza
Washington, DC – 12pm @ 810 Vermont Ave NW
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 – Students in states with legalized cannabis can be kicked out of their dorms for cannabis. Worse, at many universities students have already paid for calendar year’s housing and if they are caught with cannabis they must find housing off-campus and do not get their money back from the university. Although 30 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have legalized some form of cannabis, as long as the federal government classifies cannabis as Schedule One substance, students cannot use, possess, or grow cannabis at any and could be ruin their educational prospects if they Bring It Home. This needs to change!

LOCATION = ONLINE TWITTER STORM! It’s time for students sound off!  More details soon!

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We plan to add confirmed Bring It Home demonstrations to this page. We request organizers create Facebook Event and send us the link so we can update this page with the time, date, and location. Together we are going to change these outdated policies so everyone can have safe and equal access to cannabis!

Please spread the word by sharing this page and by RSVPing to the Bring It Home Facebook Event.

Questions? Have a confirmed Bring It Home demonstration? Please contact: BringItHome@DCMJ.org

Philippines Stop the Drug War Killings! Free Senator de Lima!

Philippines Stop the Drug War Killings! Free Senator de Lima!

Philippines Stop the Drug War Killings! Free Senator de Lima!

Join us Wednesday, February 28 for a lunchtime demonstration!

Since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016, police and vigilantes have murdered more than 16,000 purported drug users and sellers in a bloody campaign of extrajudicial killings. Duterte, who has repeatedly promised to kill hundreds of thousands of people, and who has bragged about killing people himself, is now being investigated by the International Criminal Court for alleged Crimes Against Humanity.

A year ago, the Philippines’ leading critic of Duterte’s violence, Senator Leila de Lima, was jailed on fabricated drug charges. The charges were apparently brought in retaliation after de Lima had a confessed former member of Duterte’s Davao Death Squad testify in the Senate.

On Wednesday, February 28th, please join Filipino Americans, drug policy reformers and other human rights defenders to call for an end to extrajudicial killings and for Senator de Lima to be freed. We will rally from noon to 1:00pm in front of the Philippines Embassy, 1600 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, DC. Among other things, the event will feature a street theater performance in which attendees will symbolically free a Senator de Lima figure from a realistic mobile model of a prison cell.

Please email David Borden to get involved in preparations for this demonstration or for other information, and please spread the word! Participating organizations so far include:

    • Amnesty International USA
    • Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
    • DCMJ
    • Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines
    • Filipino American Human Rights Alliance
    • Institute for Policy Studies Drug Policy Project
    • StoptheDrugWar.org
    • Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Click here to RSVP on Facebook


Watch the Livestream:

Cannabis and the Law: The Impact of Marijuana Legalization on the Drug War, Public Policy, and Social Justice


2018 UDC Law Review Symposium:

Cannabis and the Law: The Impact of Marijuana Legalization on the Drug War, Public Policy, and Social Justice

Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Breakfast 9:30 AM / Reception 4:00 to 6:00 PM

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
202.274.7400

Presented by the UDC Law Review in partnership with the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

Click here to Register