The D.C. Cannabis Coalition will be giving away thousands of free marijuana joints on Inauguration Day as part of its work to advocate for the federal legalization of pot, the group announced.
“We don’t want any money exchanged whatsoever. This is really a gift for people who come to Washington, D.C.,” Adam Eidinger, founder of the group DCMJ, said Wednesday.
The first 4,200 people to line up on the west side of Dupont Circle in Washington at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 will receive a complimentary joint. The thousands of stoned participants will descend on the National Mall to crash Trump’s speech to light their blunts exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into the president’s speech — which is supposed to be symbolic of the 420 international code for weed.
“We are going to tell them that if they smoke on federal property, they are risking arrest,” Eidinger added. “But, that’s a form of civil disobedience. I think it’s a good protest.”
Eidinger’s group worked to pass Initiative 17, which legalized the possession, growth or free distribution of two ounces of less or marijuana in the district. The group’s joint gifts are legal as long as they are smoked and possessed in Washington. As far as their message, Eidinger hopes their movement will encourage Trump’s administration to take favorable action on pot.
“The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level,” said Eidinger, who expressed worries about Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has been nominated for attorney general. “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.”