D.C. Marches To Remove Marijuana From Schedule I Drug List
On Saturday afternoon, herbalists gathered in front of the White House in support of marijuana legalization. The mission was to convince President Obama to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs. According to the federal government, drugs listed under the Controlled Substances Act as Schedule I are considered the most dangerous illegal drugs.
DCMJ led the protest where activists wore red, "smurf-like" hats to demonstrate their support for the removal of cannabis from the list of Schedule I drugs. At 4:20, herbalists lit their joints and bowls and began pulling on their vaporizers with little to no interference from the Secret Service. A 51-foot plastic joint with the message “Obama, deschedule cannabis now" was inflated and passed right by Secret Service members. Adam Eidinger, a founder of DCMJ and leader of the 2014 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in the District of Columbia, stated, "Just like good stoners everywhere, we snuck in a 51-foot joint, past the Secret Service."
Officers on motorcycles escorted the activists march on K Street NW which ended at the corner of K Street NW and Vermont Avenue. At the end of the March, activists attacked a mock jail cell attached to the trailer post of an SUV, protesting the incarceration of marijuana smokers. “Jail Is Not A Drug Policy” was written on a sign above the fake jail cell in big red letters.
If marijuana were to become a Schedule III drug, it would allow marijuana businesses in legal states to deduct business expenses, restore access to student loans and public housing for convicted users and more.
Obama has the authority to remove marijuana from the Schedule I lost without congressional approval. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential candidate, has stated that he would remove marijuana from Schedule I as president.
"The only harm that [legalization] would cause would be to the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies,” said Sandra, a D.C.-based marijuana grower. “There are so many medications I don’t have to take because I smoke marijuana."