Would you want to take the high road on Inauguration Day? Well, 4,200 marijuana activists intend to.
As Inauguration Day approaches, marijuana activists prepare to join hands, lighting up 4,200 joints simultaneously
Newsweek covered D.C. Cannabis proponents from the capital gearing up to distribute 4,200 cannabis cigarettes for free to people willing to light them up exactly four minutes and 20 seconds after Donald Trump starts his inauguration speech.
The plan sounds good, but this is where the high road could prove to have potholes. The group will be up bright and early to start, distributing the “gifts” at 8 am. Distribution will take place at the Dupont Circle, where the march to the National Mall is set to start.
Since the passing of Initiative 71, it is legal to possess no more than two ounces of cannabis in Washington D.C. It remains illegal to sell marijuana, but the planned march doesn’t involve selling it, so that isn’t the problem. The catch is that federal land is under federal law, and the Mall, which is the destination of the march, is on federal land. So, there’s a chance that marchers might end up in a pothole of sorts – one that could see them arrested under federal law.
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The Surgeon General warns
Organizers will warn demonstrators (or shall we say lighter-uppers?) that they might get arrested. That is, of course, if they actually light up. They could play it safe, and keep the gift for later consumption in the comfort and safety of their armchairs at home. After all, what guarantee can the “gift” givers give that the marchers will not be arrested under federal law?
The Attorney General might not like it
DCMJ founder, Adam Eidinger, whose group was instrumental in initiating the Initiative 71 ballot to legalize possession of minimal amounts of marijuana in D.C., explained to the media it is a “form of civil disobedience.” He said the group of activists is quite concerned about Trump’s choice of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who has apparently roared about a plan to enforce federal law. Federal law states marijuana is dangerous and a Schedule 1 substance with no medicinal properties, and most definitely not legal.
It is not an anti-Trump protest
Eidinger made it very clear it is not an anti-Trump protest, nor do the group intend to disrupt the inauguration ceremony. Is it merely grabbing the tiger by the tail? And, if so, why make the plans public beforehand?
Would a surprise not have been a safer option? Or is the idea of the pre-publicity the planned march could earn too attractive to pass up? The problem is that now everyone knows the plan, and surprises could be lying in store for the marchers unless they remain on the right side of the boundary between D.C. land and federal land. But then, perhaps that is exactly what the group is hoping for.
Why take the chance?
We will all have to wait and see how the march, labelled on Facebook as “The Inaugural #Trump420”, turns out.
Recreational use of marijuana is legal in seven states, plus Washington D.C., and more than 24 states have approved medicinal use of marijuana for certain conditions.
The media is sure to follow the event, and this is yet another cannabis cliff hanger, so watch this space!