Weed To The People
A group of DC marijuana advocates which had originally planned to hand out 4,200 free joints as a protest on Inauguration Day has doubled down — now they’re giving out 8,400 joints.
“Due to an overwhelming public response and an unprecedented grassroots outpouring of support for our #Trump420 legalization efforts, we now plan to give away 8,400 joints to adults for free on Inauguration Day,” said Adam Eidinger, co-founder DCMJ. “Without such an organic showing of citizen engagement and participation, we couldn’t have rolled 840 joints a day in just 10-days time. We thank all of you, who have continued to support our mission of driving responsible marijuana laws forward.”
DCMJ, the organization that spearheaded Initiative 71 which legalized cannabis in the District of Columbia in 2015, on Wednesday announced it doubled its original goal of giving away 4,200 legally grown marijuana joints for free to adults 21 years of age or older. The joints will be given to those who plan on attending official ceremonies, watch parties, demonstrations or events on Inauguration Day.
DCMJ’s #Trump420 legalization efforts encourage adult voters to use their voices and votes to urge Trump to maintain his campaign-stated support for D.C.- and state-legal marijuana laws. The goal is to encouraged the feds to keep the U.S. Department of Justice’s current hands-off approach to voter-passed responsible marijuana initiatives.The cannabis industry already provides tens of thousands of jobs to Americans and is estimated to reach $20.2 billion by 2021, according to The Arcview Group. However, to date, U.S. Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions and Trump have stated opposing positions regarding sensible drug policy reforms and the role of D.C.’s and states’ rights in legalizing the cannabis plant.
Marijuana has been proven to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco — two legal substances under federal law.
“Soon, we will be under a new watch,” Eidinger said. “Unfortunately though, we still don’t have clarity on whether or not President-elect Trump will tell Sen. Sessions, a known foe of sensible drug policy reforms, that his approaches are outdated and ineffective.“
Leaving the District of Columbia and the 28 states that have passed responsible marijuana laws, along with a booming multibillion dollar industry, hanging in the wind isn’t the best way to handle this issue,” said Eidinger. “As we watch President Obama leave office, we know he’ll be able to say that he stood on the right side of this issue.
“If Trump stands up on this issue, he will be on the right side of history, and we will gladly stand down,” Eidinger said.
According to Eidinger, the Inauguration Day efforts are also meant to remind Trump that there are bipartisan opportunities to implement criminal justice reforms while enjoying the fruits of job-creation and commerce. “We would like to work together, but we need clarity and leadership on this issue now—before it’s too late,” he said.
Cannabis remains illegal under federal law. But current drug policies on the federal books do not reach their stated goals. Implementation of current federal law continues to ruin lives, stifle job creation and innovation, target minorities at disproportionate rates, prevent patients from accessing compassionate care, and cause misinformed judgments about the plant and its consumers, according to DCMJ.
“We are encouraging Americans to use their civil liberties and speak out against these failed policies of the past,” said Eidinger. “We need to seriously ask ourselves if we want to risk arrest, lose a job, be charged with a felony, watch on the sidelines as minorities pay all too high of a price, witness a loved one be denied access to medical treatments that improves their quality of life — or for that matter — if vast majority of voters actually think that smoking a joint should be a criminal offense under federal law?
“If you look at this past election, the answer seems clear — no — they do not,” Eidinger said. “We expect our legalization efforts to only gain more active, vocal supporters and traction as we continue to organize our constituents and efforts and push responsible marijuana laws forward.
“Our hope is that the new administration stands with us, and not against us in this long overdue effort to address our nation’s failed drug policies,” Eidinger said.