1/20 is the new 4/20.
Cannabis activists are concerned Donald Trump might stand in the way of 34 states movin forward on medical and/or recreational marijuana regulation.
And so, they plan to pass out 4,200 joints at Mr. Trump’s inauguration, which takes place and features.
“We are forced to do this type of publicity stunt because the Trump administration hasn’t mentioned marijuana once since he was elected,” claims DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger. “It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.”
The action is designed to shed light on the fact that, although D.C. voters passed marijuana legalization in 2014, the plant remains illegal to buy or sell in the U.S. capital. Congress barred city lawmakers from passing new marijuana laws.
Activists also know many supporters of Mr. Trump support marijuana legalization. So these people might want to spark a joint while they celebrate the inauguration.
The marijuana protest at Mr. Trump’s inauguration is meant to be chill. “We don’t want to be rude to Trump supporters,” Mr. Eidinger said. “I want visitors to feel like these marijuana people are great people.”
Activists began rolling the 4,200 joints on Tuesday for inauguration. Participants will be sure to hold only so much as city cannabis regulations allow – two ounces. The activists will meet on the west side of Dupont Circle. The circle itself is federal land, and marijuana is illegal there.
Activists intend to encourage people to light up at four minutes and 20 seconds into Mr. Trump’s inauguration speech.
Mr. Trump’s nominee for attorney general has left many cannabis advocates concerned since he was chosen for the role in November. Alabama Governor Jeff Sessions is notoriously anti-pot and some fear he could undermine legalization efforts.
“I can’t tell you how concerning it is for me, emotionally and personally, to see the possibility that we will reverse the progress that we’ve made,” Session said during a 2016 Senate hearing, stoking concerns.
He added: “It was the prevention movement that really was so positive, and it led to this decline,” he added. “The creating of knowledge that this drug is dangerous, it cannot be played with, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about, and trying to send that message with clarity, that good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
Mr. Trump says he supports medical marijuana “100 percent” and is also a big states’ right advocates.
“If we don’t keep fighting for what we did, the law will get reversed,” Mr. Eidinger said.