Category Archives: decriminalization

DC free pot seed queue

Basic microeconomics strikes again – it’s illegal to sell pot seeds in DC, you can only give them away.  So a line 4 blocks long formed to get free seeds, at a venue only open for two and a half hours.  So only 60% of those in line got seeds.  There is a second free seed distribution on Saturday.  Rumor is the local Libertarian Party will pass out free – and regular – brownies.


reasonTV is covering this event – but, we beat them to the press!  So until they post you will just have to enjoy our videos – vegans against pot (roast), hydroponics salespeeps.

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Pro pot anti meat vegans
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Many cameras
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Three block long line for pot seeds
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Out of time!
Posted by Bruce P. Majors on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Libertarians call on Delegate Norton to offer Amendment eliminating Harris Amendment

Marijuana becomes decriminalized in DC, somewhat, tonight.

But Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has offered an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation bill voted on today to overturn that. Harris’s amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation Bill comes to the floor for a vote today.

Delegate Norton should offer an amendment to eliminate his amendment interfering with DC’s autonomy.

If she can’t do that, what good is the DC Democratic Party?

This is why the D.C. Libertarian Party is recruiting and running a full slate of candidates, to offer an alternative the DC’s one party state and protect the autonomy of DC residents.

You can contact Delegate Norton at one of her 3 Congressional offices

Capitol Hill Office

2136 Rayburn HOB
WashingtonDC 20515
phone: (202) 225-8050
fax: 202) 225-3002
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Main District Office

90 K Street, NE
Suite 100
WashingtonDC 20001
phone: (202) 408-9041
fax: (202) 408-9048
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

S.E. District Office

2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E.
Suite 238
WashingtonDC 20020
phone: (202) 678-8900
fax: (202) 678-8844
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Libertarian Bruce Majors: On DC Council 2014 marijuana legislation

I am glad the D.C. city council is “decriminalizing” casual marijuana use today so it is a small fine.

But by keeping it a crime to smoke it in public, they are basically saying college kids can use it, and African Americans young people east of 14th Street NW will be arrested when they do.

Here is the Opening Statement I wrote for the debate, and passed out as a flyer. (I actually quickly wrote extemporaneously a shorter, more biographical statement for the stage, more like the ones the other candidates were giving.)


Race and policing, the cost of the drug war in the District, were well covered by two of tonight’s sponsoring organizations.  The Washington Lawyer’s Committee released a report last July on “Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia.” and the ACLU released a June report on “The War on MArijuana in Black and White,” — two reports that showed that African Americans are 8 times as likely to be arrested in DC for marijuana possession as whites.  This is actually twice the national disparity, where on average blacks are only 3.7 times a likely as others to be arrested.  And marijuana arrests, and the racial disparity in arrests, both increased in DC between 2001 and 2010.  Odd given that in a recent national poll D.C. residents were rated the most liberal electorate in the nation.


Our electorate is why the ruling political class seems to be on the verge of decriminalization marijuana possession in DC.  Though most of our governing class, with one exception who is here tonight, want to keep a $100 fine for smoking pot in public.  And it will still be illegal to grow it or sell it.  And the other half of the drug war – all the other substances the government wants to tell you you can’t buy or put in your body – will continue.  And as long as this is true, we can suspect that African Americans will still be arrested at 8 times the rate of everyone else.


But worse than that, for everyone, of every race, we will still see black market related gang violence.  And young D.C. residents, badly served by public schools and our over regulated local economy, will still be enticed to go into dangerous black market drug sales as the only way to get ahead, and so they will end up in prison.  The small steps D.C.’s political class has been taking, following, not leading, several other states, are not enough.  They won’t end prohibition, black market profits, gang violence, and lives ruined by prison time.


Voting for me, and for our nearly full slate of Libertarian candidates, for a party that has supported decriminalizing all victimless crimes, ending the drug war, freeing the incarcerated, and expunging their records, is the best way to signal our Democratic incumbotacracy that you will not put up with their slow pace any longer!


Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor


twitter @BruceMajors4DC

Maryland Marijuana Legalization today

Maryland NORML invites you to the Maryland State Senate at 12 noon, 111 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Senate Bill 658, which is aimed to tax and regulate marijuana in Maryland, is set for a hearing on February 25th and we need your help!
We want you to come to Annapolis with us dressed to impress and show your support for legalization in Maryland. This is going to take ALL of us to make this happen. We need to show our representatives that we have had enough and it’s time for change.

Again, please DRESS UP nicely and bring government-issued identification (driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport, etc.) as you will be inside a government hearing. Legislators will take note. Also, wear something green to show your support (no pot leaves, please).

For anyone wondering what’s actually in Senate Bill 658, here is a summary of this year’s Senate Bill 658/House Bill 880, the Marijuana Control Act of 2014:http://www.wbaltv.com/blob/view/-/23965132/data/1/-/hsq2hu/-/Proposed-Marijuana-Bill.pdf

For anyone who wants to read the COMPLETE text of the Marijuana Control Act of 2014, you can here:
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/sb/sb0658F.pdf (Senate Bill 658)
OR
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/hb/hb0880F.pdf (House Bill 880)

DC’s centrally planned medical marijuana exchange has a glitchy portal

Is D.C.’s medical pot program going up in smoke?

By   @@WashingtonBlade.com
Capital City Care, gay news, Washington Blade, medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is available at Capital City Care. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)














Only 59 patients have applied and been approved for the District’s medical marijuana program since it finally launched four months ago. As currently set up and based on the participation rate, it is an unsustainable business model.
On Monday the owner of Capital City Care testified at a D.C. Council health committee public hearing that his medical marijuana business, like two other dispensaries in operation, is losing money and more patients are needed to keep the doors open. His was the first of three distribution centers that opened in the nation’s capital, of a maximum eight allowed. The storefront dispensary, in a converted townhouse on North Capitol Street, N.W., enjoys a view of the U.S. Capitol from its doorstep.
An owner of one of the separate cultivation centers licensed to grow medical marijuana indicated, “all we have been doing is bleeding cash.”
Officials had predicted that 800 patients would sign up, with subsequent increases of 50 percent in each of five subsequent years. Some thought those projections were modest.
Unless enterprise conditions change and the surprisingly low level of patient participation increases, the entire medical marijuana program may go up in smoke.
It took 15 years for D.C.’s voter-authorized medical marijuana program to go into effect. Following approval of a ballot initiative in 1998 with 69 percent support, Congress banned implementation for nine successive years utilizing oversight authority over District legislation. When the prohibition was lifted in 2009, it took the city government more than three years to establish regulations.
D.C. officials instituted the nation’s most restrictive rules compared to the 20 states that have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana programs. Home cultivation, approved by voters as part of Initiative 59, was not included.
Access is restricted to D.C. residents diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, cancer, glaucoma or suffering from a condition causing severe muscle spasms, such as multiple sclerosis. Potential patients must present a recommendation from an authorized doctor licensed and practicing in the city for approval by the D.C. Department of Health. Fewer than 70 doctors have so far indicated interest in participating. The regulations prohibit identifying doctors able to prescribe marijuana.
Expanded access advocates suggest adding medical conditions that would qualify for treatment. Included among these recommended ailments are epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, Crohn’s disease, digestive ailments and migraine headaches. Of note, epilepsy is a qualifying condition in 17 of the states with medical marijuana programs.
Some proponents urge further expansion to additional pain-causing illnesses. Others worry that abandoning the city’s cautious regulatory approach and introducing lax eligibility policies might stir a quiet federal beast and provoke prosecutions.
Deterrents to participation also include a cumbersome application process and a requirement that doctors, patients and city-sanctioned growers and distributors sign an acknowledgement that the activity is in violation of federal law.
D.C. Council Committee on Health Chair Yvette Alexander voiced an important observation regarding the low participation level at a public hearing this week. She noted that despite a significant HIV and AIDS rate, for example, the number of those affected signing up is low, accounting for slightly more than half of the 59 participants.
Whatever the cause of low participation numbers, it is not clear that expansion of qualifying ailments and medical conditions would sufficiently increase participation numbers. Is market need fulfilled by illegal product acquisition? Was patient interest grossly miscalculated? Is the city’s culture too risk-averse for an activity that is in violation of federal law? Is registration with the government a unique obstacle in a town accustomed to diligent privacy protection?
The program’s future could also be complicated by D.C. Council or District voter approval of decriminalization or full legalization and home cultivation. Legislation has been introduced and potential ballot efforts have been announced for both propositions.
Consideration must be given to the possibility that actual patient demand may not prove sufficient to sustain a robust number of commercial business operations.
Mark Lee is a long-time entrepreneur and community business advocate. Follow on Twitter:@MarkLeeDC. Reach him at OurBusinessMatters@gmail.com.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis calls for Ken Cuccinelli to drop out of Virginia race

Speaking before supporters at the Hard Times Cafe in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, Thursday, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis said he is drawing voters from both Democrat McAuliffe and Republican Cuccinelli, as well as voters who usually stay home out of disinterest in both major parties.

Questioned by small “l” libertarian Republicans after the official question period, Sarvis insisted that Cuccinelli cannot win, being 7 points below McAuliffe, but that he, Sarvis, could, given that both Cuccinelli and McAullife are underwater, with higher negatives than positive ratings.  Sarvis called on Cuccinelli to drop out and  let the Libertarian campaign have his $2 million campaign chest to beat McAullife, who is widely disliked for his corruption, stupidity, and crony corporatism.

Sarvis promised more meet and greets and events in Arlington and northern Virginia (this was his first) in the last 8 weeks of the campaign.  Sarvis has run an active campaign, making many stops in Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, Tidewater, Virginia Beach and other areas of central and southern Vorginia, and has received a high level of media coverage.  Polls have shown him near 10% in the 3 way race.  The Libertarian Party of Virginia is running a dozen candidates for Delegate as well, including Laura Delhomme, an Arlington resident who works in IT for a non-profit, who introduced Sarvis at the event.

Sarvis addressed marriage quality and the history of government intervention in marriage in Virginia, including prohibition of interracial marriage.  (Sarvis has a Chinese mother and his wife Astrid, a pediatrician, is African American.)  Mr. Sarvis has undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and economics from Harvard and George Mason Universities, and a law degree from New York University Law School.

"Code of the West" DC premiere

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April 18, 2013


 
Reminder: Special D.C. screening of medical marijuana documentary,Code of the West

Dear Bruce:

If you’re in the Washington D.C. area, you’ll have an opportunity to catch the new release premiere of Code of the West, a documentary exploring the state of medical marijuana in Montana, this Saturday.

Set against the sweeping vistas of the Rockies, the steamy lamplights of marijuana grow houses, and the bustling halls of the State Capitol, Code of the Westfollows the 2011 Montana State Legislature as it debates the fate of medical marijuana. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, Montana considers becoming the first state in the nation to repeal its medical marijuana law. Code of the West tells the story of both the legislative process and the human lives and emotions behind it.

What: Code of the West new release premiere, including updates about the main characters’ lives, following the DEA raids and indictments

Where: West End Cinema, 2301 M Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

When: Saturday, April 20 at 4:20 p.m. Co-presented with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). Includes a Q&A with Leigh Maddox, Esq., LEAP Speaker/Maryland State Police Captain and Robert Capecchi, Deputy Director of State Policies, MPP.

Click here for tickets and more information.

Sincerely,

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Kate Zawidzki
Legislative Coordinator
Marijuana Policy Project


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