The D.C. Cannabis Coalition plans to hand out thousands of joints on Inauguration Day, in an act of protest. USA TODAY
A man smokes a marijuana joint.(Photo: Elaine Thompson, AP)
WASHINGTON — The DC Cannabis Coalition says it plans to hand out thousands of joints of marijuana on Inauguration Day — for free — to urge federal legalization of pot.
The group plans to start handing out joints at 8 a.m. Jan. 20 on the west side of Dupont Circle in the nation’s capital, where recreational marijuana is legal. Then, marchers will walk to the National Mall where the real protest will begin.
“The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level,” said Adam Eidinger, the founder of DCMJ, a group of D.C. residents who introduced and helped get Initiative 71 passed in the District. Initiative 71 made it legal to possess 2 ounces or less or marijuana, to grow it, and to give it away, but it is not legal to sell it.
Eidinger is worried, though, that all this progress will be lost with the incoming administration, specifically, with President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, 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.
The great marijuana giveaway is legal, as long as it’s done on D.C. land.
“We don’t want any money exchanged whatsoever. This is really a gift for people who come to Washington, D.C.,” he said.
There will 4,200 gifts, to be exact. Then, at 4 minutes and 20