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DC pot seed queue meets the tragedy of the commons, kind of

27 Mar



Basic microeconomics strikes again – it’s illegal to sell pot seeds in DC, you can only give them away.  So a line 4 blocks long formed to get free seeds, at a venue  — appropriately called Libertine — only open for two and a half hours.  So only 60% of those in line got seeds.  There is a second free seed distribution this Saturday.  Rumor is the local Libertarian Party will pass out free – and regular – brownies.  Where the same thing may happen again.  Still, it’s better than government cheese…



reasonTV was covering this event – but, we beat them to the press!  So until they post you will just have to enjoy our videos – vegans against pot (roast), hydroponics salespeeps, etc.  Located in the trendy Adams Morgan neighborhood, just a bongs through from the homes of various Cato, Institute for Justice, and Atlas Network dynamos (– and only 8 blocks from reason magazine’s DC offices, so I don’t know why they can’t load their damn video quicker!)  Besides reasonTV‘s Todd Krainen, the only other libertarians I noticed about were a local conservatarian who works in the private sector for CoStar, and a
Ron Paulista public interest lawyer who works for the Electronic Freedom Foundation.

Save our small step toward Liberty – Libertarians call on Delegate Norton to oppose Harris amendment

16 Jul

Libertarians around the country (and globe) have different positions on DC statehood.


One argument for DC statehood is that DC is akin to an Indian reservation, managed by the federal government, and dependent on it, without statehood.

Without statehood many DC families have a member who falls victim to the drug war, which DC left to its own devices would begin to end.
Marijuana becomes decriminalized in DC, somewhat, tonight, by an imperfect city council measure that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana possession.  An initiative on the ballot in November, Initiative 71, would decriminalize a larger amount, as well as personal possession of up to 3 plants.

But Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has offered an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation bill voted on today to overturn that. Harris’s amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation Bill comes to the floor for a vote today.

Delegate Norton should offer an amendment to eliminate his amendment interfering with DC’s autonomy.

If she can’t do that, what good is the DC Democratic Party? 


This is why the D.C. Libertarian Party is recruiting and running a full slate of candidates, to offer an alternative the DC’s one party state and protect the autonomy of DC residents.

You can contact Delegate Norton at one of her 3 Congressional offices

Capitol Hill Office

2136 Rayburn HOB
WashingtonDC 20515
phone: (202) 225-8050
fax: 202) 225-3002
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Main District Office

90 K Street, NE
Suite 100
WashingtonDC 20001
phone: (202) 408-9041
fax: (202) 408-9048
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

S.E. District Office

2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E.
Suite 238
WashingtonDC 20020
phone: (202) 678-8900
fax: (202) 678-8844
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Libertarians call on Delegate Norton to offer Amendment eliminating Harris Amendment

16 Jul
Marijuana becomes decriminalized in DC, somewhat, tonight.

But Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has offered an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation bill voted on today to overturn that. Harris’s amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation Bill comes to the floor for a vote today.

Delegate Norton should offer an amendment to eliminate his amendment interfering with DC’s autonomy.

If she can’t do that, what good is the DC Democratic Party?

This is why the D.C. Libertarian Party is recruiting and running a full slate of candidates, to offer an alternative the DC’s one party state and protect the autonomy of DC residents.

You can contact Delegate Norton at one of her 3 Congressional offices

Capitol Hill Office

2136 Rayburn HOB
WashingtonDC 20515
phone: (202) 225-8050
fax: 202) 225-3002
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

Main District Office

90 K Street, NE
Suite 100
WashingtonDC 20001
phone: (202) 408-9041
fax: (202) 408-9048
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

S.E. District Office

2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., S.E.
Suite 238
WashingtonDC 20020
phone: (202) 678-8900
fax: (202) 678-8844
hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

D.C. Should Aim Higher

25 Mar
A fully budded marijuana plant ready for trimming is seen at the Botanacare marijuana store ahead of their grand opening on New Year  
Washington, D.C. recently rated near the top of American cities for income inequality. Perversely, D.C.’s economy is a welfare state for the rich, or at least the upper middle class: The federal government imports thousands people with law or other graduate degrees to D.C. monthly, and pays them between $75,000 and $150,000 a year.
Lobbying and law firms hire, at even higher salaries, other demographically similar people to navigate the expanding federal government. The new residents bid up real estate prices — both sale prices and rents — displacing D.C.’s long term residents, who have less money, are more likely to be minorities, and less likely to have graduate, or even undergraduate degrees.

Read more at: The Daily Caller.

Libertarian Bruce Majors: On DC Council 2014 marijuana legislation

4 Mar

I am glad the D.C. city council is “decriminalizing” casual marijuana use today so it is a small fine.

But by keeping it a crime to smoke it in public, they are basically saying college kids can use it, and African Americans young people east of 14th Street NW will be arrested when they do.

Here is the Opening Statement I wrote for the debate, and passed out as a flyer. (I actually quickly wrote extemporaneously a shorter, more biographical statement for the stage, more like the ones the other candidates were giving.)


Race and policing, the cost of the drug war in the District, were well covered by two of tonight’s sponsoring organizations.  The Washington Lawyer’s Committee released a report last July on “Racial Disparities in Arrests in the District of Columbia.” and the ACLU released a June report on “The War on MArijuana in Black and White,” — two reports that showed that African Americans are 8 times as likely to be arrested in DC for marijuana possession as whites.  This is actually twice the national disparity, where on average blacks are only 3.7 times a likely as others to be arrested.  And marijuana arrests, and the racial disparity in arrests, both increased in DC between 2001 and 2010.  Odd given that in a recent national poll D.C. residents were rated the most liberal electorate in the nation.


Our electorate is why the ruling political class seems to be on the verge of decriminalization marijuana possession in DC.  Though most of our governing class, with one exception who is here tonight, want to keep a $100 fine for smoking pot in public.  And it will still be illegal to grow it or sell it.  And the other half of the drug war – all the other substances the government wants to tell you you can’t buy or put in your body – will continue.  And as long as this is true, we can suspect that African Americans will still be arrested at 8 times the rate of everyone else.


But worse than that, for everyone, of every race, we will still see black market related gang violence.  And young D.C. residents, badly served by public schools and our over regulated local economy, will still be enticed to go into dangerous black market drug sales as the only way to get ahead, and so they will end up in prison.  The small steps D.C.’s political class has been taking, following, not leading, several other states, are not enough.  They won’t end prohibition, black market profits, gang violence, and lives ruined by prison time.


Voting for me, and for our nearly full slate of Libertarian candidates, for a party that has supported decriminalizing all victimless crimes, ending the drug war, freeing the incarcerated, and expunging their records, is the best way to signal our Democratic incumbotacracy that you will not put up with their slow pace any longer!


Bruce Majors, Libertarian for Mayor


twitter @BruceMajors4DC

Maryland Marijuana Legalization today

25 Feb
Maryland NORML invites you to the Maryland State Senate at 12 noon, 111 Bladen Street, Annapolis

Senate Bill 658, which is aimed to tax and regulate marijuana in Maryland, is set for a hearing on February 25th and we need your help!
We want you to come to Annapolis with us dressed to impress and show your support for legalization in Maryland. This is going to take ALL of us to make this happen. We need to show our representatives that we have had enough and it’s time for change.

Again, please DRESS UP nicely and bring government-issued identification (driver’s license, state-issued ID, passport, etc.) as you will be inside a government hearing. Legislators will take note. Also, wear something green to show your support (no pot leaves, please).

For anyone wondering what’s actually in Senate Bill 658, here is a summary of this year’s Senate Bill 658/House Bill 880, the Marijuana Control Act of 2014:http://www.wbaltv.com/blob/view/-/23965132/data/1/-/hsq2hu/-/Proposed-Marijuana-Bill.pdf

For anyone who wants to read the COMPLETE text of the Marijuana Control Act of 2014, you can here:
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/sb/sb0658F.pdf (Senate Bill 658)
OR
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2014RS/bills/hb/hb0880F.pdf (House Bill 880)

Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance on the Drug War, conclusion

23 Feb