Cannabis Campaign School – Friday, April 1

The night before we head to the White House to Reschedule420, we’re heading to the basement of St. Stephens Church in Columbia Heights for our first ever Cannabis Campaign School. From 6:30pm to 8:30pm the campaign school will cover how cannabis advocates can run effective campaigns to change the laws and perceptions of cannabis in your community. Please RSVP on Facebook & invite your friends who are coming to DC!

WHO: Adam Edinger (DCMJ), Nikolas Schiller (DCMJ), Ken Bazinet (Collective Consulting, Former White House Correspondent for New York Daily News), Ellen Mellody (Collective Consulting, Former Obama for America Press Secretary)
WHAT: Cannabis Campaign School
WHEN: 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Friday, April 1, 2016
WHERE: Dining Room of St. Stephen’s Church – 1525 Newton St NW Washington, DC 20010
WHY: Learn skills to change cannabis laws in your community

Campaign School Agenda

  • Opening Remarks- 10 minutes
  • State of the Union – 15 minutes
  • Creating a Continued Narrative/The Power of Social Media – 30 Minutes
  • Break – 5 minutes
  • Media Training Session – 30 Minutes
  • Q&A Panel – Initiative 71 – Reflecting on a Winning Campaign – 30 minutes

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Press Release: DC Cannabis Campaign Collects Over 57,000 Signatures to Place Initiative #71 on General Election Ballot

June 30, 2014

ADAM EIDINGER (202)744-2671

DC Cannabis Campaign Collects Over 57,000 Signatures to Place Initiative #71
on General Election Ballot

Members of Congress May Take Away
DC Voter’s Right to Vote on Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC — In less than 75 days, the DC Cannabis Campaign has collected more than twice the number signatures required to place Initiative 71 on November’s General Election ballot. However, the Campaign is alarmed that members of Congress may prevent District voters from being able to vote on the ballot initiative due to policy riders that were added to the District of Columbia’s 2015 appropriation budget.

“We are proud of our petition circulators who braved the heat to further democracy in the District of Columbia,” said Campaign chairman Adam Eidinger, “but I am very concerned that members of Congress will use their power to stop District of Columbia voters from being able to fully participate in the democratic process. We deserve the right to vote on Initiative 71.”

With the citizens of Colorado and Washington state voting to legalize marijuana in 2012, the Campaign believes that voters of the District of Columbia should be afforded the same right to vote on marijuana legalization. The appropriations rider introduced by Congressman Andy Harris (R, MD-1) on June 25, 2014 could prevent the District of Columbia Board of Elections from using its funds to print the ballots that include Initiative #71. Worse, the policy rider may impede the District of Columbia’s decriminalization of marijuana law set to take effect mid-July and prevent any changes to the District’s medical marijuana program.

“Petition circulators are the unsung heroes of democracy across America,” says Eidinger. Throughout the last two months the Campaign enlisted over 250 volunteer and paid petition circulators to canvass the District of Columbia. Proposers of ballot initiatives in the District of Columbia are allowed 180 days to circulate petitions, but in order for Initiative #71 to qualify for November’s general election ballot, the Campaign was afforded only 76 days to circulate petitions.

After the circulating petitions are submitted to the DC Board of Elections on Monday, July 7, they will be reviewed by the agency’s staff to ensure the Campaign collected at least 22,373 valid signatures from registered DC voters. Once certified by the Board of Elections, and as long as the Congressional policy riders are removed, District of Columbia voters will have the opportunity to approve or reject the Initiative #71 on November 4, 2014.

“The decision of House Republicans in the Appropriations Committee to prevent the ballot initiative from going forward is an affront to the core of Republican belief against big government interfering in the lives of citizens,” says Dr. Malik Burnett, the DC Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “By attempting to keep in place the criminal penalties for possession of marijuana, Congress is saying that they want more people of color to go to jail.”

The District of Columbia has the highest per capita, marijuana arrest rates for people of color in America. Although studies show that both white and black people of the District of Columbia use marijuana equally, people of color are disproportionately arrested and subject to all the collateral consequences a criminal record creates. The aim of the Campaign’s ballot initiative is to expand freedoms to District citizens and to help end the discrimination affecting all marijuana users.

The Campaign will submit over 57,000 signatures at 10am on Monday, July 7 at the DC Board of Elections, 441 4th St. NW, Room 250N. Members of the Campaign will be available for interview at the Board of Elections. The campaign will be honoring its petition circulators from 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday, July 1 at Patty Boom Boom, located at 1359 U Street NW. The text of the ballot initiative can be found at


Washington Post: Odds are increasing that D.C. will vote on legalizing marijuana — despite Congress

“Sixteen years ago, D.C. activists gathered signatures to let voters decide if the District should be among the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Then Congress stepped in, and city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast.

Inside a rented house in Northwest Washington, behind a shaggy bear skin rug strung up as a makeshift curtain and amid rollaway beds set up for signature gatherers who have come from as far away as California and Colorado, there’s growing anxiety that history is about to repeat itself.

Organizers for Initiative 71, a measure that would fully legalize possession of marijuana in the District, plan to announce this week that they are closing in on 60,000 signatures — a comfortable buffer over the 22,600 needed to ensure the measure qualifies for the November ballot.”

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SOURCE: Aaron Davis, The Washington Post

You Have 1 Week Left To Sign Our Petition!

The DC Cannabis Campaign has entered the home stretch in our circulating petition effort. So far we’ve collected over 45,000 signatures from DC voters, but we still haven’t reached our goal of 70,000 signatures. We hope you will help us reach that goal in the next week. So if you see a petition circulator in your neighborhood, please sign their petition!

Here are some answers to common questions people have asked the campaign’s petition circulators:

Q: I work for the government, can I sign the petition?
A: YES! Since the ballot initiative is non-partisan, you will not violate the Hatch Act as long as you sign when you are not working. This means if you see a petition circulator this evening while you are walking home after work, it’s your constitutional right to sign the petition. The campaign’s collected signatures from off-duty police officers, federal government employees with top secret security clearances, members of the military, congressional staffers, and even DC Councilmembers. As long as you are not “on the clock,” you should feel comfortable signing our circulating petition.

Q: If I sign this, am I going to be put on some government list?
A: NO! Your signature, address, printed name, date, and the ward you live in are not transcribed by any government agency. This personal information is required for the DC Board of Elections to verify that you are a qualified registered voter in the District of Columbia.

Q: Isn’t marijuana already legal?
A: NO! Unless you are one of the few DC medical marijuana patients, marijuana is still illegal to possess, consume, and cultivate in the District of Columbia. The DC marijuana decriminalization law does not take effect until mid-July and when it does, marijuana will still be illegal. Decriminalization simply removes the criminal penalties for marijuana, but if you are caught with marijuana the police will still take it from you, but instead of going to jail, you’ll get a $25 fine. Under Initiative 71, there will be no fine for possessing up to 2 ounces and you’ll be allowed grow a few plants at home.

Q: After marijuana is legalized, will I be able to walk down the street and smoke a joint?
A: NO! Although beer is legal, can you walk down the street drinking a beer? Nope. Our goal was to treat marijuana like alcohol, so with that treatment comes similar rules. You will be able to consume marijuana at home or at establishments that allow it- just like beer.

Q: I already signed the petition, can I sign it again?
A: NO! You only need to sign the petition once. If you really care about signing it again & again, maybe you should consider volunteering with the campaign so that you can get your friends and neighbors to sign.

Q: Now that I signed, what’s next?
A: The campaign will be turning in all the circulating petitions on Monday, July 7. The DC Board of Elections will review the circulating petitions to ensure that the campaign reached the signature threshold. Once the petitions are verified, ballot initiative #71 will be placed on the November 4 general election ballot and you will be given the option of voting YES or NO. We hope you vote YES!

Show Your Cannabis Pride with the DC Cannabis Campaign!

Join the DC Cannabis Campaign at the Pride Parade & Pride Festival!

On Saturday, June 7, campaign circulators are planning to line the Pride Parade route to collect signatures. If you are interested in helping out, please email and include the number on the map above of where you’d like to be during the parade.

On Sunday, June 8, campaign circulators will be at Booth B429 at the Pride Festival, near the intersection of 4th St. NW and Pennsylvania Ave, from 12pm to 7pm. If you are interested in helping out at the Festival, please email

If you haven’t volunteered with the campaign yet and would like to collect signatures, you’ll need to come by the campaign HQ at 2448 Massachusetts Ave. NW and register with the campaign. Please bring your DC ID to provide proof that you are DC resident. If you are not a DC resident and would like to volunteer with the campaign, you need to stop by the DC Board of Elections (441 4th St. NW, Room 250N) to fill out a non-resident circulator form and bring the yellow carbon copy to the campaign HQ.

This weekend is going to be a lot of fun, so come and join us as we show off our cannabis pride!

It’s time to come out of the cannabis closet!

DCist: Marijuana Activists Hoping D.C. Won’t Leave Legalization Effort High And Dry

Photo by Matt Cohen, DCist
“I have to say, I’m a little nervous,” Adam Eidinger admits. “Based on the stack I saw downstairs, that’s under 2,000 signatures.” It’s Memorial Day and Eidinger, the chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, is fretting over the amount of signatures his petitioners have turned in for the week. His goal is to have at least 10,000 signatures by day’s end in order to be on pace with the July 7th deadline to collect at least 22,373.

For the past several years, Eidinger and what’s now known as the Cannabis Campaign have been working diligently to get marijuana legalized in the District of Columbia. In January, they introduced a ballot initiative to legalize the possession and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. After some delay from the Board of Elections, the ballot initiative was approved and the group started collecting signatures on April 23, several months after they hoped to begin.

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SOURCE: Matt Cohen,

Super Sunday Signature Gathering Blitz

On Sunday, June 1st, at 1 pm, the DC Cannabis Campaign will join DC Councilmember David Grosso at Stanton Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for some old-fashioned, door-to-door canvasing.

The plan is to have a brief rally at 1pm, then break up into small teams for some old fashioned door knocking to collect as many valid signatures as possible! We will have walk sheets to maximize the effort.

After we finish our signature collection blitz, we’ll regroup at 5pm at the DC Cannabis Campaign HQ at 2448 Massachusetts Ave. NW for some well-deserved pizza and organic snacks.

8am to 12pm – Famers Markets across the city
1pm – RALLY in Stanton Park followed by door-knocking
5pm to 7pm – Pizza Party at DC Cannabis Campaign HQ

Click Here to RSVP on Facebook

Questions? Call 202-733-4640 or email

Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

A big thank goes to Councilmembers Grosso & Wells who took time out from their busy schedules to speak at our short rally!!

Here’s a short video that was produced on June 1:

NBC Washington: Campaign to Legalize Home Marijuana in D.C. Hits Hurdles

Source: Tom Sherwood, NBC Washington

Also Read:

Washington City Paper: Don’t Bogart that Ballot, Dude*
* The DC Cannabis Campaign does not want people to think Adam Eidinger’s comment at the end of the article is reflective of everyone working on the campaign. He has apologized for his remarks.

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Formulation of the short title, summary statement, and legislative text for Initiative No. 71, the “Legalization of Possession of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014.”

On Friday, April 5, 2014, the DC Board of Elections published their formulation of the short title, summary statement, and legislative text for Initiative No. 71, the “Legalization of Possession of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014.” Up next, the campaign will soon receive petitions that will need to be signed by nearly 25,000 registered DC voters in order to be on general election ballot on November 4.

You can download the official ballot initiative text here, here, or read it online here.

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