Changing the Marijuana Laws With Colorado and Washington state legalizing marijuana, 2014 has been an important year for the reform of marijuana laws in the United States.  Last month, the DC Council passed one of the most progressive laws in the US concerning the decriminalization of marijuana.  Soon, District residents will not have to fear going to jail for possessing small amounts of marijuana, instead being caught with marijuana will result in a $25 fine, akin to a traffic ticket. 

But where will the marijuana come from?  Why not fully legalize it?  Currently, most of the cannabis comes from outside Washington, DC, and until the DC Council passes a “tax & regulate” law — similar to what was passed in Colorado and Washington state — District residents are in limbo. 

In order to rectify this, the DC Cannabis Campaign (online at www.DCMJ.org) submitted legislation in January that will soon become voter initiative #71, which will allow District residents to grow their own marijuana at home.  Residents won’t be allowed to sell their marijuana to others, but they’ll be guaranteed the right to cultivate and consume cannabis in the privacy and safety of their homes.  The DC Cannabis Campaign will need to collect nearly 25,000 signatures from registered DC voters in order to put the initiative on November’s general election ballot.  If you are interested in helping the campaign, please send an email to Volunteer@DCMJ.org. 

Tonight, the DC Cannabis Campaign is joining with the Maryland and Virginia chapters of NORML to give out awards to those who have helped change the marijuana laws in the “DMV.”  We hope you will join us!

Audience asked questions and raised points for discussion at the Busboys and Poets New House Celebration event

A New House Celebration

We celebrated the newly elected members of Congress on January 4, with special guest moderators, Medea Benjamin (CODEPINK) and Raed Jarrar (Iraqi-American Peace and Human Rights Activist). The audience raised domestic and international issues they wanted to discuss with members of Congress who may have attended. Many members of congress were still in session, but … Continued

Busboys and Poets Books Review: From Headshops to Whole Foods

Busboys and Poets Books Review: From Headshops to Whole Foods

From Head Shops to Whole Foods by Joshua Clark Davis is a scholarly examination of activist entrepreneurs who use business as a tool to enact social and political change. It’s a far-reaching subject to dedicate this sort of academic rigor to, and the author limits his examination to four subjects: African American bookstores, head shops, … Continued

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“Mary Had a Little Glam” is a modern twist on a classic nursery rhyme featuring a young girl named Mary who has an eye for fashion and loves to share her gift with others. When she notices her classmates, some of whom are also children featured in popular nursery rhymes, are looking a bit drab, … Continued