Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

21 Avril, 2017, 02:49 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • Pot advocates are planning demonstrations around the U.S. Capitol building Thursday where they will hand out 1,000 marijuana joints

That would be the "smoke in" planned for April 24 on the Capitol steps, for which they anticipate being arrested.

The group plans to hand out 1,000 marijuana joints throughout the afternoon.

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe marijuana use should be legal, the highest ever recorded and a five-point jump from a year ago, according to a newly released CBS News Poll.

Compared to other drugs, 65 percent believe marijuana is less risky, with only 23 percent believing that legalizing marijuana would lead to an increase in violent crime.

Eighty-eight percent of Americans favor medical marijuana, the poll found.

However, under the current law funding the government through almost the end of April, the DOJ is prohibited from using its funds to crack down on state medical marijuana laws. Justice Department guidance under President Barack Obama called for prosecutors to enforce federal statutes outlawing the drug in a limited set of cases. The activists said they want marijuana rescheduled in the eyes of the federal government so that federal penalties are less harsh.

Pot shops in some legal marijuana states are offering discounts.

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"It remains a violation of federal law", he added.

With D.C. laws permitting the use, growth and possession of small amounts of marijuana, 4/20 celebrations and protests for full legalization will cover the District in a cloud of smoke. So unless it's renewed, the 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana would be vulnerable to prosecution. And its acceptance has increasingly become a bipartisan issue. "This was meant to be a free speech event and was meant to influence members of Congress". "I'm anxious about MA and the states' rights". ("Guess I gotta go buy me a bag now!" exclaimed one disappointed onlooker wearing a bucket hat patterned with marijuana leaves.) One activist from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes cannabis legalization, handed out bags of Cheetos with anti-marijuana talking points stapled to them. "Don't let Jeff Sessions' draconian views on 420 run roughshod over states", he tweeted to Trump Thursday.

Marijuana activists are hosting a "Joint Session" for Congress near Capitol Hill Thursday, where they plan to hand out thousands of joints to congressmen and their staffers.

Then, in a few days, the group has a more provocative protest scheduled, pushing for Congress to loosen marijuana laws and regulations.

The 4/20 event, billed as the "1st Annual Joint Session", was at First Street and Constitution Avenue NE, across the street from the U.S. Capitol and down the block from the Supreme Court. "Consuming cannabis anywhere in DC outside of a home is not legal either", organizers warned in a statement announcing the protest.

But, considering recent statements by Trump administration officials, DCMJ might be out of luck. "We need to be loud and proud!"


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