President Obama to Meet with Group that Legalized Cannabis in D.C., Held Public Smoke-Out in Front of White House

white houseIn a surprise move,the White House has extended an invitation to meet with the leadership of the DC Cannabis Campaign (DCMJ), the organization that legalized cannabis in Washington D.C. in 2014 through a citizens initiative.

The meeting, set for Monday, April 25, comes in the wake of DCMJ’s peaceful Reschedule 420 demonstration and smoke-out in front of the White House that featured a 51-foot inflatable joint and drew thousands of activists and supporters calling on President Obama to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which puts it alongside drugs such as heroin.

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White House: Cannabis Policy a States’ Rights Issue

In a statement made yesterday the Obama Administration announced that it strongly opposes Republican efforts to block a cannabis decriminalizationwhitehouse1 law from taking effect in Washington D.C., claiming that cannabis policy is a “states’ rights issue”.

“The Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally- passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule”, said the White House in a prepared statement. “Furthermore, the language poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.”

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Obama Administration: U.S. Won’t Sue to Overturn Cannabis Legalization in Colorado and Washington

Today the Obama Administration – through a memo sent to prosecutors across the nation, and a phone call made to governors in Colorado and Washingtonamerica – made an official statement announcing that they won’t being suing to overturn recently-approved recreational legalization measures in Colorado and Washington, nor will they sue to overturn state medical cannabis laws, so long as they don’t run afoul of certain enforcement priorities, such as preventing sales to minors.

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