Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller, leaders of the group DC Marijuana Justice will be meeting with White House officials to argue that marijuana shouldn’t be classified as a dangerous drug. Eidinger characterizes the meeting with the Office of National Drug Control Policy as “friendly.” He declined to name the people with whom DCMJ spoke. “They didn’t say much, but their body language was so positive,” he says.
The two leaders of DCMJ, were invited to speak with White House staffers in a private meeting with two unnamed White House staffers who were apparently instructed to listen, take notes and not to answer questions. Eidinger and Schiller made the case to the Obama administration that Cannabis should be removed from the Schedule 1 substances that includes heroin and cocaine. The scheduling makes marijuana a federal offense and prevents federal spending for medical cannabis.
“This is an opportunity for the White House to meet with serious and committed cannabis activists and hear our case for why it’s in President Obama’s best interest to work with the attorney general to fully remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act,” Schiller said in a press release.
“DCMJ appreciates greatly the invitation by the Obama administration to begin an educated and passionate dialogue into the need to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule One drugs,” Eidinger said. “Thanks to Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act, Americans, especially people of color, are needlessly incarcerated, and critical medical research into the healing properties of cannabis is placed on hold for no good reason.”
Lawmakers have been pressuring the DEA to reschedule cannabis, and the agency has responded by saying it may issue a new recommendation this summer. Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use is legal in the District of Columbia thanks to a ballot initiative pushed by Eidinger and Schiller.