Donald Trump’s inauguration has been wrought with problems, from celebrities refusing to perform to a large number of groups planning protests. The latest news on this front comes from the marijuana advocacy group DCMJ, who were responsible for the marijuana legalization bill that passed in D.C. in 2014. The group intends on giving away 4,200 joints, approximately 40 ounces of free marijuana, to attendees of the rally. The group has made it clear that they will not discriminate against Trump supporters; rather they intend to supply the free marijuana joints to any person who wants one. In fact part of the group’s agenda is to help Republicans feel more comfortable with marijuana in order to push marijuana reform further along in the Republican Party.
A Message from the People
While Trump himself has said that he would not interfere with state laws regarding marijuana, his cabinet is filled with very vocal, notorious anti-marijuana members. His choice for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, once stated during a 2016 senate hearing that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Trump’s choice of cabinet members has had many in the marijuana community concerned for what the future holds in regards to marijuana law in the country. DCMJ’s decision to hand out free marijuana joints at the inauguration is a message to Congress that people want marijuana and the laws need to reflect this, regardless of what party or person is in office.
Using Free Marijuana to Demand Reform
The founder of DCMJ, Adam Eidenger, told the Washington Times, “We are forced to do this type of publicity stunt because the Trump administration hasn’t mentioned marijuana once since he was elected. It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.” He has suggested that every person light up their free joint, exactly 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech. He believes that when the smell of the marijuana is set off on mass, it will be a clear message that people want marijuana reform. They don’t intend to isolate Trump supporters. Their main focus is demanding marijuana reform.
The Status of Marijuana in D.C.
While recreational marijuana is technically legal in Washington D.C., Congress has blocked the implementation of a recreational marijuana industry. Despite the best efforts of advocates and demands from the public, it is still illegal to buy or sell the plant, regardless of the fact that it is legal. Recreational marijuana for adults over 21 is also legal in 8 other states across the country, including California, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states across the country. This adds up to many citizens across the country, concerned and invested in the decisions made by Congress in the years to come.
The group are hoping to make the giveaway a fun experience in celebration of marijuana, as much as a demand for Congress to evaluate marijuana reform. Advocates have been uncertain of what would happen with this new elected cabinet and DCMJ hopes to raise awareness about marijuana, its benefits and let Congress know that many people smoke marijuana, including good people.