Inspired by Bill Maher’s on-air cannabis use and the Obama Administration’s continued avoidance of marijuana policy reform, local D.C. activists are scheduling a public protest in the President’s front yard — The White House.

Scheduled for April 2nd, D.C. Cannabis Campaign will be holding court on Pennsylvania Avenue beginning at 2pm for what is being called the Reschedule 420. As 4/20 is typically a day for marijuana celebrations, the April 2nd date is being used to keep the focus on reform and protest.

“We’re calling on the whole country to come,”

says Adam Eidinger of the DCMJ.

“This is a national mobilization. Some of us may end up in jail, and that’s fine. It’s actually necessary at this point.”

Marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance and many activists see this as nonsensical, especially amidst a massive opioid epidemic. “We’re living in the dark ages,” says Eidinger.

By smoking cannabis on-air, Bill Maher emphasized the importance of focusing on the end of federal marijuana prohibition. Although medical and recreational cannabis use has been legalized in some states, federal prohibition endangers these programs, especially with changes in the political climate and at the White House. Eidinger, as well as supporters of DCMJ, were inspired by Maher’s actions.

Obama has previously stated that he believes marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol, and admitted to Rep. Steve Cohen that he would consider a legalization bill if confronted with it. Despite promises to reform drug policy in America, his actions have been largely conventional.

“He has the same marijuana policy as George Bush. He’s a hypocrite and we’re calling him out.”

says Eidinger.

The D.C. Cannabis Campaign may have practice in theatrical forms of civil disobedience, but the same group has had success in decriminalizing minor possession and growing of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

The invitation for the April 2nd event reads:

“Do you think the National Park Service will go after your brownies, gummies, rice crispy treats, or cookies? Doubtful. As we #Reschedule420 this year, we encourage people who do not want to smoke or vape their cannabis to eat it as a form of protest. So in the misquoted words of Marie Antoinette, LET THEM EAT CAKE!”

Learn more about this Reschedule 420 protest a dcmj.org, or RSVP on the group’s Facebook page.

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kristin kloc

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