These are politically turbulent days. This week alone saw a racially-charged Oscars Ceremony and the GOP finding itself with a presidential candidate that they’re not all that into. And now some activists, along with comedian/TV host/political commentator Bill Maher, are throwing one more political issue into the mix: weed.
“Stop treating [cannabis] like you could never lose it,” implored the host on the February 12 episode of his show Real Time with Bill Maher. The comedian warned America that though weed tolerance and legality seems to be on the upswing, it’s unwise to take that for granted, and that “progress doesn’t automatically snowball.”
Maher cited recent examples of repealed progress such as the 81 percent decrease of abortion clinics in the U.S. and the shutting down of 500 dispensaries in Los Angeles since 2013.
Now, some pro-cannabis activists are heeding the HBO funny man’s battle cry. The D.C. Cannabis Campaign announced Tuesday a big fat protest sesh at the White House this coming April 2. Why not 4/20? Good question. According to the DCCC, “because Obama’s been a BIG ZER0 on cannabis reform.”
The event will begin at 2:00 pm and feature speakers as well as a “mass consumption of cannabis” at 4:20, which will include, “smoking, vaping, but also eating. Do you think the National Park Service will go after your brownies, gummies, rice crispy treats, or cookies? Doubtful. As we #Reschedule420 this year, we encourage people who do not want to smoke or vape their cannabis to eat it as a form of protest. So in the misquoted words of Marie Antoinette, LET THEM EAT CAKE!”
The protest expresses a frustration the group feels with the Obama administration’s lackluster initiative to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in the states and the president’s non-committal rhetoric on the topic. “He smoked cannabis and became the president of the United States, and while he might think cannabis is a bad habit, does he seriously think it’s on par with heroin, nicotine, or alcohol?” the DCCC asks on the website.
“We’re calling on the whole country to come,” organizer Adam Eidinger told U.S. News. “This is a national mobilization. Some of us may end up in jail, and that’s fine. It’s actually necessary at this point.”