Marijuana Activists To Bring 51 Foot Joint To Democratic Convention

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A group of pro-marijuana activists plan on marching a 51-foot inflatable joint from Philadelphia City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center when the Democrats hold their national convention.

D.C. Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) has teamed up with the Philadelphia branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and plans on marching the giant joint out front of the convention center to call attention to the growing push for the rescheduling and legalization of marijuana, according to the Philly Voice. The march has been dubbed ‘Jaywalk To The DNC‘ and has its own Facebook event page. The march is scheduled for July 25.

The marchers are picking up on the fact that the Democratic party has recently voted to move towards a ‘reasoned pathway to future legalization.’ The amendment says there is an issue with conflicting state and federal laws and asks the government to “remove marijuana from its list as a Class 1 Federal Controlled Substance, providing a reasoned pathway for future legalization,” according to The Washington Post.

The Democratic National Committee’s platform on marijuana reads “We believe that the states should be laboratories of democracy on the issue of marijuana, and those states that want to decriminalize marijuana should be able to do so,” according to The 420 Times.

Of course, legal marijuana wasn’t always to politically expedient.

“Removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act was, three years ago, a very radical position,”Chris Goldstein of Philly NORML told the Philly Voice. “Now, Bernie Sanders has a bill in the Senate about it, and the party is seriously considering it.”

This isn’t the first time the massive inflatable joint has been on display. Back in early April a group of protesters marched the giant joint in front of the White House, where they had a ‘smoke-in’ to push President Obama into acting on rescheduling or legalizing the drug.

“You know those big dancing stick figures often seen outside car dealerships? Well, imagine one of those is modified,” Goldstein said in describing the inflatable joint. Basically it’s wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man of Family Guy fame in joint form.

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