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On April 4, cannabis activism group Reschedule 420 staged a successful smoke-out right outside the White House’s front door.

Surprisingly, the White House actually gave these activists an unprecedented response: an invitation to discuss their concerns and wishes in a private meeting. That meeting between DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) founders Adam Eidenger and Nikolas Schiller and White House officials took place yesterday.

The mission of Eidenger and Schiller was to express why cannabis should no longer be a prohibited drug with a Schedule I status and to convince officials to recommend removing cannabis from the scheduled drugs list altogether.

While the meeting took place, it didn’t go exactly as the activists had hoped. The meeting was with two junior-level Obama staffers who met the duo with a series of nods and smiles but “didn’t say a lot.”

Edinger told The Washington Post that

“We asked questions, but they didn’t answer. . . . They nodded a lot. I think they understood us.”

After the third minute meeting, the pair held up a banner asking Obama for a “higher level meeting” and pledged to write the president more letters.  Should that meeting ever come to fruition, we’ll anxiously await the result!

To view photos and coverage from that smoke-out, visit this article.

Bernie Canter

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