Smoking Out Obama: Marijuana Protest at the White House

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On April 2, 2016, at 2 p.m. EST, marijuana legalization advocates plan to stage a protest outside of the White House, which will include group marijuana consumption.

According to The Washington Post, the rally is aimed at bringing President Barack Obama into the marijuana debate, as well as drawing attention to the approximately five million marijuana arrests that happen every year.

The rally is being organized by DCMJ, a community group based in Washington, D.C., that fights for equal rights within the District for cannabis users, growers and their families.

“Obama — he smokes, maybe not now, but he did smoke,” said Adam Eidinger, protest organizer. “So for him to oversee an enforcement regime that has arrested 5 million people for marijuana … I’m very motivated because I think it’s a discriminatory practice.”

Eidinger expects that there will be arrests and estimates that the number of people involved in the smoke-in will be in the “dozens, if not hundreds.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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