Hundreds gathered in front of the White House to put pressure on Obama and show their support for rescheduling cannabis as a schedule 1 narcotic.
Protesters displayed a 51 ft inflatable joint but that’s not the only joint they displayed. Promptly at 4:20pm those who had gathered to demand an end to cannabis prohibition once and for all, lit up joints of their own for a much-needed moment of cannabis reflection.
No one was arrested but a few were cited for their actions at the protest. Comedian, activist and advocate Nikki Allen Poe was present when one of these citations was taking place and peeled off the cash to pay the fine on the spot. (See in video below)
While cannabis hasn’t always been a schedule 1 narcotic, after it was reclassified all medicinal testing halted. Leaving the pharmaceutical market open to exploitation by large companies that pushed their brand of synthetic heroin for pain relief or specifically designed anti-depressant.
Courtesy of Wikipedia:
Advocates of marijuana legalization argue that the budgetary impact of removing cannabis from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and legalizing its use in the United States could save billions by reducing government spending for prohibition enforcement in the criminal justice system. Additionally, they argue that billions in annual tax revenues could be generated through proposed taxation and regulation. Patient advocates argue that by reclassifying marijuana, millions of Americans who are currently prevented from using medical marijuana would be able to benefit from its therapeutic value.