1/20 Is The New 4/20: Pro-Marijuana Group Will Pass Out Free Joints On Inauguration Day

By McCarton Ackerman 01/06/17

The DC-based marijuana activist group will share MJ and educate Trump supporters about the marijuana movement.

People waving flags near the White House on Inauguration Day.

Those who might have trouble watching Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20 are about to get some help from marijuana activists who plan on handing out free weed that day.

CNN reported that pro-marijuana group DCMJ will hand out 4,200 free joints—about two ounces of marijuana—to anyone who wants them at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. The organization is opposed to Trump’s Attorney General pick, Jeff Sessions, who has spoken out against marijuana use for decades.

"We're defending our initiative against the federal government because we're concerned that Jeff Sessions will try to overturn our local laws here," said Adam Eidinger, the founder of DCMJ. "We're being proactive to share marijuana, which is our right, before it's too late. We also want to educate Trump supporters that we can do this legally."

Some protestors at the National Mall will also light up a joint four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s presidency, although Eidinger has already warned that doing so is illegal and could lead to arrest. But he also added that "the National Mall is a place for protest. If it smells like marijuana, it's only one person's fault—and that person is Donald Trump. If he’s [not] going to listen to us, then we have no choice [but] to stink up the inauguration with marijuana.”

In D.C. it is legal for adults to carry up to two ounces of marijuana, thanks to Initiative 71 which voters approved in 2014 with the help of DCMJ.

Eidinger says it’s important to continue fighting for legal marijuana, largely due to the health benefits he’s seen firsthand. "I've seen the healing power of the plant," he said. "I've seen so many people get better with marijuana use, whether it's (multiple sclerosis), or cancer or AIDS. I think it's a great injustice to put people in jail for something so benign and so beneficial."

During a Senate drug hearing last April, Sessions raised eyebrows by declaring that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He also said, “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger.”

Trump is aligned with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in his view that marijuana should not be legalized at the federal level, but has gone on record stating that recreational and medical marijuana should be left to the states.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.