Get Familiar With Capitol Hemp Ahead of #420one

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Check out some history on Capitol Hemp.

Adam Eidinger and Alan Amsterdam wanted Capitol Hemp to be the headquarters for cannabis and hemp activism in Washington DC. The impetus for I71 started with a raid in 2011 that forced Capitol Hemp to close both of its locations in Adams Morgan and Chinatown. Initiative 71 was passed overwhelmingly by the citizens of Washington DC 2014. It gave DC residents the right to grow and process their own cannabis and give away their bounty one ounce at a time to any citizen in the world over 21. It also legalized cannabis paraphernalia, which was a direct result of Capitol Hemp being raided and subsequently forced out of Washington DC.

In 2011 the DC Government politically targeted Capitol Hemp and both locations were raided and pilfered its entire inventory. Capitol Hemp agreed to a deal with the DC government to have its inventory returned and all charges dropped, in exchange both locations were to be shuttered, exiling Capitol Hemp from doing business in Washington DC. Frustrated by Washington DC’s heavy hand, The business partners decided it was time to explore changing Washington DC Cannabis laws. 

The original initiative was drafted in 2012 and were planning on putting on the ballot in that year. Adam and Alan decided it was the wrong time. The organization to legalize Cannabis in DC became the DC Cannabis Campaign and the 2014 election cycle was chosen to potentially legalize home cultivation and DCs outdated paraphernalia laws. 

True to his word, David Bronner gave the initial funding to give DC’s cannabis campaign a solid foundation to make this a reality. With the ability to hire employees the campaign was able to move forward with these ambitious plans. After the first draft was rejected by the DC Board of Elections, a second draft was submitted and accepted.(date needed) The next step was the daunting task of collecting signatures to get on the ballot for the citizens of DC to vote on. 

With 22,600 signatures required to get on the ballot, the campaign hire professional signature gatherers to help with this process. Along with a local grassroots effort of volunteers the campaign was up and running.(full swing) The campaign gathered over 55,00 signatures and 27,688 were certified as valid.

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