51 Ft. Joint in Annapolis, Maryland

March 16, 2021

Luke Jones, Maryland NORML director
(202) 285-3199 luke.mdnorml@gmail.com

Kris Furnish, MDMJ co-founder
(720) 607-8369 kris@mdmj.org 

‘51 Foot Joint to Show Up In Annapolis’

In a Last Ditch Effort to Demand Cannabis Legalization in Maryland, Patients and Activists Will Show Up To The State House With 51ft. Joint 3/18/21

ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND — Rally for marijuana legalization to feature the fifty-one foot inflatable joint. 

Activists will rally at Lawyer’s Mall at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in a last-ditch effort to legalize cannabis use and possession by adults before the Maryland General Assembly legislative session wraps up.

“The legislative process has failed us, so the people have to stand up and demand that our representatives protect our interests,” said veteran marijuana legalization advocate Luke Jones, Director of Maryland NORML – the prolific state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “We’ve been going to Annapolis year-after-year, with the same message, and they haven’t listened to us. We had more than 15,000 marijuana possession arrests in 2019 alone while the medical cannabis industry sells more than $45 million to consumers every month. Marijuana prohibition is bad public policy and it needs to end this year, not next year.”

Advocates are demanding an end to police encounters and arrests and the right for medical cannabis patients to cultivate cannabis at home for their own personal, non-commercial purposes. 

“Being able to grow cannabis for myself not only allows me to save hundreds of dollars each month that I use for other essential expenses, but I love the feeling of being completely self-reliant and in control of my medicine and the process in which it’s grown,” said Kris Furnish, co-founder of Maryland Marijuana Justice, (MDMJ)  and former resident of Salisbury who moved to Washington, DC, in order to legally grow her own medical cannabis. 

“I’ve been living in DC now for almost a year and during that time I’ve not had to spend one dollar at a dispensary. I do not cultivate cannabis to make untaxed profits, I cultivate cannabis for my own personal use. I take pride in the fact that I don’t spray chemicals on my cannabis and that I’m using natural sunlight instead of negatively contributing to our carbon footprint,” Furnish added.

Fiftyone-foot inflatable joint

According to the March 2021 Goucher College public opinion poll, 66% of Marylanders support legalizing recreational cannabis – with a whopping 77% of Democratic Party voters supporting the policy. 

In a dramatic effort to bring attention to the urgency of the issue from the standpoint of the cannabis consumer, rally organizers say they will bring a 50-foot inflatable joint to the rally and march with it down Bladen Street.

“Policy makers tend to make consumers a silent part of the equation – a part of the formula that’s already figured out. They focus on the regulators, the license holders, the investors, and the bankers, and accommodate everyone’s interests, meanwhile, there’s a parent right over here who can’t see her children because the cops came in and found a bong sitting on the table, so she lost her job behind some stupid criminal justice charge. This is something that can’t wait until next year – they have to take care of this now,” said Jones.

“We have people – the police come right through their front door, they find a bong on the coffee table. Can you imagine that life? I’m not running from the police in my affluent neighborhood, but poor people are actually running from the police because of cannabis. We have more than 15,000 arrests each year for marijuana possession alone – and that’s not counting the encounters. We demand freedom from fear – that’s part of the reparations. I hope people can understand that. We deserve it. We’ve been living with the pressure and stigma for too long, and we don’t want to wait another year. We don’t want to have another 15,000 potential George Floyd incidents,” he said.

“Some legislators won’t like seeing the big fiftyone-foot joint, I guess because they like to pretend that people don’t actually use marijuana. We’re saying – we are past that point now. Cannabis consumers are obviously here, and are obviously going to fuel the tax revenue legislators are so excited about, so we might as well call it what it is. It’s a joint – legalize it for goodness’ sake already!” he said.

“We are coming to Annapolis with a fiftyone-foot inflatable joint. There’s nothing wrong with it, and if it makes people feel uncomfortable, what do they think they are legislating for? This is the same joint they had thousands and thousands of years ago, and it’s the same joint they sell in the dispensaries in Maryland right now, and it’s the same joint we will have under a responsible, regulated adult-use market,” said Furnish.

“We are not going to arrest people this summer, then turn around and figure out how to pay to expunge the arrest records next summer – we are not that stupid. We need to stop arresting people this legislative session, and that also means ending the encounters – cannabis consumers don’t want to answer intrusive questions from the police,” said Jones. “This policy ruins people’s lives.” 

Marijuana is legal for adults to buy and use in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Marijuana is also decriminalized in the District of Columbia.

March 22 is crossover, the last opportunity for the Maryland House of Delegates to send the Senate House Bill 32, a popular cannabis legalization proposal sponsored by Delegate Jazz Lewis (D-Prince George’s County).

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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


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)


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?


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!


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.

+ 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






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.


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.