DC marijuana advocacy group will legally hand out free marijuana on Inauguration day
On January 20, 2017, inaugural address attendees can receive free marijuana. Members of the DC Cannabis Coalition-which advocates for the use of marijuana-intend to hand out thousands of joints before the presidential inauguration. And, surprisingly, it's legal.
In 2014, DC voters passed Initiative 71. This measure made it legal to possess two ounces of marijuana or less and grow it. Selling marijuana is still illegal. But giving marijuana freely, without the exchange of money, is completely fine.
"The main message is it's time to legalize cannabis at the federal level," said Adam Eidinger, founder of the DCMJ
The DC Cannabis Coalition will pass out free cannabis prior to the ceremony. After, there will be a march on the National Mall to demand the legalization of marijuana on the federal level. Marijuana is legal for medical or recreational use in over half of the country. Just recently, in the 2016 election, the citizens of many states opted for change. Medical marijuana was legalized in Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Montana. And recreational marijuana was legalized in Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, and California. However, it remains on the DEA's list of Schedule I drugs.
"The main message is it's time to legalize cannabis at the federal level," said Adam Eidinger, founder of the DCMJ. The DCMJ is an organization that advocates for "equal rights for cannabis users, growers, and their families" in the nation's capital. Back in 2014, this group introduced and advocated for Initiative 71, and this year they will be joining this effort.
While it is not legal to use marijuana on federal property, Eidinger views it as a form of civil disobedience. "I think it's a good protest," he said. "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."
Sharing cannabis with fellow advocates reinforces the camaraderie of this movement. During this historic event, gifting marijuana will unite proponents of marijuana legalization in a way unlike any other before.
"We don't want any money exchanged whatsoever," said Eidinger. "This is really a gift for people who come to Washington DC."