“Joints for Jabs” Press Release

‘Joints for Jabs’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2021
CONTACT:
KRIS FURNISH (720) 607-8369
Kris@MDMJ.org

DC Marijuana Justice to Reward Free Cannabis at Vaccination Sites Across the District of Columbia in Spring 2021

Wildly Popular Joint Giveaway At Inauguration Rescheduled to Summer

WASHINGTON, DC – Like many groups across the United States, Maryland Marijuana Justice (“MDMJ”) discontinued its regular in-person meetings when the coronavirus pandemic began last year, posing a significant barrier to cannabis advocacy—an effort that relies heavily on Maryland residents’ ability to publicly convene and press for meaningful cannabis reform. Without a safe way for citizens to publicly gather to advocate for reforming the cannabis laws in the state of Maryland, MDMJ looks forward to the coronavirus vaccinations being widely available. To celebrate this momentous occasion, MDMJ is teaming up with our sister-group DC Marijuana Justice (“DCMJ”) in an event where DC home growers will lawfully distribute free bags of cannabis outside vaccination centers in the District of Columbia as soon as the general public is able to get vaccinated. MDMJ is seeking volunteers to be part of ‘Joints for Jabs’ this summer.

Dubbed “Joints for Jabs,” a play on the jab of a vaccine injection, this community effort aims to highlight the need for further local and national cannabis reform while also advocating for equitable distribution of the critical vaccine. MDMJ notes that to safely share a cannabis joint without potentially contributing to the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, each user must be vaccinated—an objective that necessitates accessibility for all District residents. The District of Columbia’s Department of Health has not yet named the public vaccination sites, but upon their identification MDMJ will issue a follow up to this release providing each ‘Joints for Jabs’ location, dates, and hours of operation.

“With all the concern around the new coronavirus vaccine, and vaccines in general, we believe giving away free cannabis will help ease the anxiety of getting the shot,” says MDMJ co-founder Kris Furnish. “I want to make sure the cannabis community helps eradicate the virus, and anyone who gets vaccinated will get a small gift of free cannabis.”

During the pandemic cannabis dispensaries have been considered essential businesses. However, due to a patchwork of state laws and a lack of federal action, millions of Americans still source cannabis from the underground economy, which has varying degrees of quality and safety. As homegrowers, MDMJ & DCMJ members gifting cannabis will only share cannabis grown free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 

INAUGURATION JOINT GIVEAWAY POSTPONED UNTIL AT LEAST SUMMER

MDMJ does not anticipate that enough citizens will be inoculated with a coronavirus vaccine by the time President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20, 2021 to safely hold a joint giveaway. More importantly, assuming the pandemic has subsided President-Elect Biden has indicated there will be a summer Inauguration event on the National Mall as is traditionally done in January. 

On January 20, 2017, at the Inauguration of President Donald Trump, DCMJ organized a massive cannabis distribution demonstration called “#Trump420.”  The wildly popular protest to end marijuana prohibition highlighted the fact that cannabis reform is not a partisan issue, but an American issue that needed to be addressed by the incoming president.  Thanks to local, national, and international media attention, by 10:00 AM a line of cannabis reform advocates stretched over 6 blocks long, and by the end of the day over 10,000 cannabis joints were given away to adults of all political persuasions.  Unfortunately, nearly four years later, cannabis remains illegal under federal law.

In 2020, the House of Representatives passed historic legislation called the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (“MORE Act”). This legislation would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and enact various criminal and social justice reforms related to cannabis, including the expungement of prior convictions. However, the Senate did not take up this important legislation in the remaining days of the 116th Congress.  MDMJ expects that the MORE Act will be introduced and passed in the 117th Congress and hope Democratic leaders take action quickly.

“Together, DCMJ, MDMJ, and VAMJ lobbied members of Congress after a “Seed Giveaway” in 2019. “We lobbied lawmakers on several pieces of legislation vital to the federal legalization of cannabis, laying the groundwork for the evolution and passage of The MORE Act,” says Furnish, the group’s cofounder.

ABOUT MARYLAND MARIJUANA JUSTICE

Founded in 2018, MDMJ focuses on patient and consumer rights including home cultivation, restorative justice, and equity for People of Color. In October of 2018, MDMJ organized and staged an “#OverdoseHarris demonstration to highlight Republican Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland’s 1st Congressional Districts’ callous attitude toward cannabis as a treatment for opioid addiction where members were arrested for consuming cannabis in front of Harris’ DC office. Members of DCMJ and MDMJ participated in an annual Congressional Seed In, where free cannabis seeds were given to members of Congress and staff members.  In 2018 and 2019, aligned organizations MDMJ, VAMJ , and COMJ, were formed to advocate for cannabis reform in Maryland, Virginia, and Colorado. MDMJ demands cannabis be removed from the Controlled Substances Act and all Americans are given the right to grow cannabis in the safety and privacy of their homes.

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Maryland Cannabis Policy Conference Call

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December 17, 2019 8:00PM – 8:30PM

Dial: (605) 313-5635
Access Code: 659303#

Please mute your phone once you have joined the call.

A weekly conference call update on plans for the largest state-wide cannabis policy legislative event of the year – the 2020 Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition Lobby Day in Annapolis on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM).

12/17/2019 AGENDA

1. Lobby Day Registration is Open – Please Share Broadly!

In anticipation of an adult use market taking shape for Maryland, we expect a larger number of people joining our lobby day this year in comparison to prior years. We want to include more bills this year as well!

2. Announcing 1st Annual Maryland Cannabis Conference – Monday, February 3, 2020!

Details to follow…

3. Announcements

Upcoming events and other BRIEF announcements

In order to keep these calls short and to the point, we ask that anyone who may have items they’d like to add to the agenda, please post it in the discussion of this event.

Use & Follow: #LegalizeMD
Contact: LegalizeMD.2019@gmail.com

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Tuesday Night Pot-Line Call #15

Our 15th conference call will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635 Access code: 659303# International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kris387 Online meeting ID: kris387 Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/

2020 Maryland General Assembly Lobby Day Planning Call #1 Co-Hosted with Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition (MCPC)

AGENDA

1. Lobby Day: February 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
a. Bills having chance of passing – i.e., increase civil penalty threshold from 10g to 113.4g (4 oz)
b. Bills that won’t pass

2. Maryland Cannabis Law and Policy Summit
Description: On the Monday before Lobby Day, have an all day cannabis law and policy conference. 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon = review bills (we anticipate 9-12 bills total, some will have a chance to pass, some won’t). Legislators will speak for their bills, attendees can ask questions about the bills. 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM = lobby day training. Roll play, what to expect on lobby day, team up with other people from your same legislative district to strategize, help profile legislators to make civic engagement more effective, etc. Night reception/fundraiser/party with keynote speakers (a). Marilyn Mosby to convey Vanguard Award, and (b). Major Neal Franklin, LEAP re: Law Enforcement and need to change enforcement level.

3. Civil Disobedience for Home Grow Rights?

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Cannabis Waste Project

Hey Maryland! We need your help.

We want to bring it to the attention of the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, (MMCC) that we are doing harm to the environment by not addressing the poor standards we currently have for packaging in the cannabis industry. As we are getting settled and making changes to our medical program, and as we fight to get closer to full legalization in Maryland, we have to remember to think green, REALLY GREEN!


We want your doobtubes, your plastic baggies, your poptops containers, even all that cardboard packaging that you have to tear through just to get to the product! We are taking any and all cannabis packaging. Our goal is to change the regulations to be more environmentally friendly and hopefully set an example to the rest of the country that we need better packaging for ALL products! NO MORE SINGLE USE PACKAGING! JUST SAY NO TO PLASTIC!

Here is what we have collected so far from the community. This is a great start! Keep collecting!

#CannabisWasteProject


Joining Efforts with you, your community, and your local dispensary.

All packaging collected for this demonstration will be donated to “The High 5 Recycling Initiative” to ensure all it is all reused/re-purposed and stays out of our landfills and waterways.

Photos & Videos of “Congress, Pass The Joint!”

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019, members of DCMJ, MDMJ, VAMJ, and COMJ descended upon the East Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to demand Congress pass meaningful cannabis reform laws. Below are photos & videos from the demonstration which are available for unrestricted use by the media.

PRESS:
+ Bloomberg: Giant Joint Deployed in Campaign for Cannabis Banking Bill
+ Roll Call: Yep, that’s a giant joint on the lawn of the Capitol
+ High Times: Cannabis Advocacy Groups Bring 51-foot Inflated Joint To Congress
+ Boston Globe: Giant joint deployed in campaign for cannabis banking bill
+ Medill News Service: Marijuana Activists and Holmes Norton Push for Legalization of Marijuana in DC


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MDMJ Planning Meeting #4

Join MDMJ for our 4th planning meeting of 2019!

When: September 24th, 2019 from 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Where: The meeting will be held at Wilde Lake Park, located in Columbia, Maryland.

We’re headed to Columbia, MD to continue growing and building up for meeting with members of the Maryland General Assembly in January.

The agenda will be posted the day of the meeting.

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Anti-Plastic Action

As the country moves forward with cannabis legalization, and hopefully soon an end to federal prohibition once and for all, we are seeing a huge problem with packaging standards in the cannabis industry. The amount of plastic being used to package even the smallest quantities of product is overwhelming! MDMJ is advocating for more eco-friendly, non-toxic packaging standards in the cannabis industry. We are planning our next big action in efforts to change how we package our cannabis. We’re asking patients in Maryland to start collecting your cannabis packaging from the dispensary! If you need them to be picked up, contact us at kris@mdmj.org. Talk to your local dispensary about supporting this effort. Our goal is to pass more eco-friendly and sustainable packaging standards not only in the cannabis industry, but eventually for all products. It’s time we move away from plastic and find a better way to package our products that won’t destroy our planet. Who’s with us? Start collecting and spread the word!

Conference Call #8

Our 8th conference call will be held on Tuesday, August 20th from 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Dial-in number (US): (605) 313-5635 Access code: 659303# International dial-in numbers: https://fccdl.in/i/kris387 Online meeting ID: kris387 Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/kris387
If you have agenda item suggestions please email them to kris@mdmj.org.


Tonight’s agenda will be focused on yesterday’s hearing with the Maryland General Assembly Marijuana Legalization Work Group, as well as the new announcement that the smell of cannabis is no longer a reason to search someone anymore. There has been much controversy surrounding this issue and would like to hear everyone’s thoughts on the new updates going on.

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