You might catch a strong smell of marijuana on Inauguration day – that’s because there will be thousands of joints handed out – for free – by the DC Cannabis Coalition. It all starts at 8:00 in the morning on January 20th on the west side of Dupont Circle.
Then, they’ll be marching to the National Mall where the real protest will begin. The main message is its time to legalize cannabis at the federal level,” says Adam Eidinger, the founder of DCMJ, a group of DC residents who introduced and helped get initiative 71 passed in the District. Initiative 71 makes it legal to possess 2 ounces or less or marijuana, legal to grow it and legal to give it away, but it is not legal to sell it.
Adam is worried, though, that all this progress will be lost with the Trump Administration, specifically, with 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,” says Eidinger.
The great marijuana giveaway is legal, as long as it’s done on DC land. “We don’t want any money exchanged whatsoever, this is really a gift for peopkle who come to Washington, D.C.,” he says. 4,200 gifts, to be exact. Then, at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech (420 is the internationally known code for weed), they’ll light up. That part, is most definitely illegal.
“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,” says Eidinger. “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.”
Eidinger says this is certainly not an anti-Trump event, or even an attempt at disrupting the ceremony. Everyone is welcome. “If there are people from Texas, some Cowboys fan, who is walking down teh street in a cowboy hat and a big fur coat and he walks up to our demonstration, I want him to feel welcome coming to D.C.,” he says.
Eidinger says they are hopeful that the new administration will not be a problem, but they are preparing for the worst.