As hundreds lined up for free marijuana in Washington on Friday, Kareem Walker could hardly believe the sight.
“They’re passing out weed, man, it’s crazy!” said Walker, 41, of New York, who’d come to the pot giveaway to hawk some T-shirts that bore a catchy phrase in honor of the day: “When they go low, we get high.”
Legalization backers handed out more than 8,000 joints to a festive crowd just hours before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, hoping to convince him to join their cause.
Many stood in the drizzling rain on a sidewalk next to Washington’s Dupont Circle for more than two hours, with organizers pleading for patience.
“If you’re standing in line, don’t worry – you’re going to get so much free weed, it’s going to be awesome!” shouted Adam Eidinger, who led the drive to legalize marijuana in Washington and organized the giveaway.
If you’re standing in line, don’t worry –- you’re going to get so much free weed, it’s going to be awesome! Adam Eidinger, organizer of the giveaway
While organizers originally planned to distribute 4,200 joints, they said they’d nearly doubled their goal.
Eidinger, who heads the pro-legalization group DCMJ, said the event was aimed at sending a message to Trump and to oppose his selection of a longtime legalization opponent, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, as the next attorney general.
“The main message is we want federal marijuana legalization now,” Eidinger said. “I hope Donald Trump gets the message. When you pick someone like Jeff Sessions, you stir up a community, and right now the marijuana community is on high alert. . . . If they start to do raids, we’ll have a million people in the streets.”
The pot giveaway was aimed at sending a message to President Donald Trump and to oppose his selection of a longtime