01.04.2017
policy

4,200 Free Joints Just Might Cut the Tension at Donald Trump’s Inauguration

Right up until all 4,200 weed moochers are taken to jail.

Weed is great for your mood whether you are happy or sad. That’s why the DC Cannabis Coalition’s plan to distribute 4,200 free marijuana cigarettes across the National Mall on January 20 as President-elect Donald Trump is being sworn into office is great for everyone. If you view the election of a reality TV star to the highest office democracy has ever known, a free joint will help soften the edge of panic in that perspective. On the other hand, if you feel the inauguration of Donald Trump heralds a renewal of American greatness, a no-cost reefer will only add more rosy to the glow of your optimism.

The DC Cannabis Coalition appears to be an outgrowth of DCMJ.Org, a grassroots organization of District of Columbia residents founded by Adam Eidinger. DCMJ did a lot of effective groundwork leading to the passage of Initiative 71, a 2014 ballot measure that legalized growing, possessing, and giving away up to two ounces of marijuana. Cannabis sales remain against the law.

All weed distributed by the DC Cannabis Coalition on January 20 will be presented as gifts, beginning at 8:00 a.m. No cash exchange whatsoever will be permitted. Organizers say marijuana supporters will gather on the west side of Dupont Circle and march from there to the National Mall.

Once on the Mall, at exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into President (get used to it) Trump’s speech, pot demonstrators will be encouraged to light up. The puff point is where the protest definitively leaves behind any gray legal area and becomes a straight out engagement in criminal activity.

From Station WUSA9:

"We are going to tell [the protestors] that if they smoke on federal property, they are risking arrest. But, that's a form of civil disobedience," said DCMJ’s 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."

Although Eidinger’s articulation of the DCMJ’s position is definitely anti Jeff Sessions (Trump’s pick for attorney general), the giveaway of 4,200 joints is not intended as an anti-Trump gesture.

"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.," Eidinger told WUSA9.

Good point, DCMJ man! If that civilly disobedient smoke session does lead to mass arrests, a cell mate willing to share his big fur coat is far more valuable than maintaining our political and cultural distances.

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