The man who spearheaded the successful 2014 marijuana decriminalization effort in Washington, DC will be handing out free joints for the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
— DCMJ (@DCMJ2014) January 3, 2017
Adam Eidinger and his organization DCMJ plan to hand out 4,200 “legally grown cannabis” joints on January 20th. After meeting “for coffee & tea” at Dupont Circle, they plan to “parade down to the National Mall at 10 a.m.,” handing out the fresh doobies along the way.
The action is called #Trump420, and Eidinger says that unless Donald Trump comes out in full support of nationwide legalization, at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s inaugural speech, the participants will light up.
“We legalized cannabis in Washington, DC and we are not going to let anyone take that away from us,” says a post on the DCMJ website. “This is an outreach opportunity to show President Trump’s supporters we are the marijuana majority! Join us for a smokin’ fun time!”
As it is legal to give away marijuana in DC, the activists will not be breaking any local laws.
Initiative 71 was passed with the support of 65% of DC voters in November 2014. When it went into effect in February 2015 it became legal in DC to “possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use; grow no more than six cannabis plants with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person’s principal residence; transfer without payment (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to another person 21 years of age or older; and use or sell drug paraphernalia for the use, growing, or processing of marijuana or cannabis.”
Some members of the House GOP had attempted to block the initiative by adding a rider to the federal budget prohibiting the use of federal funds to regulate marijuana legislation, but the DC city council ignored Congress and submitted the initiative to become law. The House Republicans attempting to block decriminalization later backed down at the prospect of looking “more unfair than usual.”
Eidinger and his organization have also come out in strong opposition to Drug War hardliner Jeff Sessions’s nomination to be Attorney General. In early December they visited Sessions’s Capitol Hill office, sneaking potent cannabis past U.S. Capitol Police. One activist rolled a joint in the office as others spoke to a Sessions aide about their concerns. The aide declined to have any of the activists arrested.