“Pretty much every single night of the week, there’s a cannabis popup going on,” Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of marijuana advocacy organization DCMJ, told High Times.
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Nikolas Schiller, co-founder of the marijuana legalization advocacy group DCMJ, said even businesses and pop-ups who claim to be Initiative 71-compliant have a misunderstanding of the current law, as gifting is not a purely charitable exchange and some value in the deal has to account for the plant.
“Just because the government hasn’t cracked down on that doesn’t necessarily make it lawful,” he said. “So there’s a lot of businesses that are operating in a very gray area in regards to what they think is lawful.”
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But for now, D.C. distributors continue operating in the gray areas of Initiative 71. Nikolas Schiller, one of the law’s authors, says the success of those distributors shows the economic opportunities that are possible if Congress lets D.C. establish a regulated marijuana market.
“It’s disappointing that Congress is continuing the prohibition by not letting us move forward,” he says. “They’re denying D.C. residents jobs, they’re denying the D.C. government millions of dollars in tax revenue, and they’re denying a lot of people the opportunity to get into the ground level of an industry that is poised to make billions of dollars for the country.”
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Nikolas Schiller, the other DCMJ co-founder, told CNN the giveaway had to end early because the cops took all of the pot. He insisted the police were out of line.
“We believe that the US Capitol Police made politically motivated arrests,” Schiller said.
“We have no intentions of backing down,” Schiller said.
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“We didn’t plan on getting arrested today — we brought 1,227 joints to represent the cannabis reform bill H.R. 1227 — and gave away a few hundred to congressional staffers before Capitol Police took it all away,” DCMJ Founder Nikolas Schiller told Fox News. “This was meant to be a free speech event and was meant to influence members of Congress.”
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“It would be a grave mistake to ignore the will of the American people,” said Nikolas Schiller, another co-founder of DCMJ.
“The number of cannabis reform bills before the 115th Congress is at an all time high, but the lack of Congressional action is no laughing matter … A federal solution is needed now.”