According to multiple sources, the D.C. Cannabis Coalition (DCMJ) has plans to pass out thousands of free joints on Inauguration Day to be smoked during President-elect Donald Trump’s address.
According to The Daily Caller, the coalition planned to give away 4,200 joints to the thousands of inauguration attendees. They plan to give them away starting at 8 a.m., hoping that all 4,200 joints will be lit at exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech.
The number 420 has largely been associated with marijuana use, and the coalition planned to capitalize on that fact.
Organizers of the protest were quick to say that it has nothing to do with being anti-Trump. According to DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger, “The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level.”
DCMJ was heavily involved with the passage of Initiative 71 in D.C., which made it legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, to grow it and give it away. However, it still prevents the legal sale of the controlled substance.
Eidinger and his organization are worried that progress made legalizing marijuana under the administration of President Barack Obama — himself a serious former user of the drug — will be lost under President Donald Trump because of his attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions.
“We are looking at a guy who as recently as April said that they are going to enforce federal law on marijuana all over the country. He said marijuana is dangerous,” Eidinger said.
While giving away the free joints is legal under Initiative 71, smoking them on the National Mall — which is the plan — is not. In fact, Eidinger stated, “We are going to tell them that if they smoke on federal property, they are risking arrest. But that’s a form of civil disobedience. I think it’s a good protest. If someone wants to do it, they are risking arrest, but it’s a protest and you know what, the National Mall is a place for protest.”
This is seriously dangerous, because with that many people lighting up a mind-altering substance, judgment can very well be clouded. No pun intended.
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