Activists Will Hand Out Thousands of Joints at Inauguration

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It looks like the entertainment at Trump’s inauguration ceremony will leave much to be desired but that doesn’t mean this party won’t be lit. Activists at the DC Cannabis Coalition have announced a massive smoke out that will coincide with the official swearing in of the President-elect.

At 8 am on January 20th, anyone is welcome to meet up on the west side of DuPont Circle to receive one of 4,200 pre-rolled joints that the DCCC will hand out for free. Once everyone has their free weed, they’ll march to the National Mall. Exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech, everyone will light up and smoke that shit to the head.

What’s especially amazing is that at least the part of handing out joints is legal. Our nation’s capital happens to be one of seven places in America where recreational weed use is legal.

Back in 2013, an early iteration of the DCCC fought to get weed legalization on the ballot and organized to get it passed. The plan worked and it’s now legal to possess two ounces or less of weed, to grow it, and to give it away. The part of the inauguration protest that isn’t legal will be the smoking in public section.

Adam Eidinger, the founder of the DCCC says: “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,” said 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.”

We are going to tell [protestors] 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.

Indeed, Washington D.C., in general, will be a place for protest during the inauguration. Trump is the least popular President-elect in modern history. And pretty much everyone but rich white men have a reason to oppose him. The largest permitted protest is the Women’s march which has served as a rallying cry for activists. More that 100,000 people are expected and 1,000 buses have already been secured to help people travel from all over the country.

Disrupt J20, Real Progressives, and People’s Action are just a few of the other groups organizing protests. All will have different grievances to raise awareness about as well as a common cause. In the case of the DCCC they are pushing for federal legalization and they want to raise awareness that the new Justice Department might try to crack down on the states who have legalized weed in some form—which is more than half of the United States.

“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.

He also reiterated that Trump supporters are invited and this is about the ganja. “If there are people from Texas, some Cowboys fan, who is walking down the 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.”


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