Adam Eidinger wants to make America high again.
The presidential inauguration is just two weeks away, and the pro-marijuana lobby is already gearing up for the big day. They will be handing out thousands of free joints at Donald Trump’s swearing-in.
The group, known as the DC Cannabis Coalition, will begin at 8 a.m. on January 20th and the plan is for all of the supporters to begin smoking at the 4 minute and 20-second mark of Trump’s speech (420 being the international code for weed).
“The main message is it’s time to legalize cannabis at the federal level,” said Adam Eidinger. Eidinger is the founder of DCMJ, a group of D.C. residents who introduced and helped get a bill passed that made pot legal in D.C. Initiative 71, the name of the bill, made it legal to possess two ounces or less or marijuana, to grow it, and to give it away. It is still illegal to sell the marijuana.
People like Eidinger are worried that Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General, will push back against pot proponents across the country. “We are looking at a guy who as recently as April said that they are going to enforce federal law on marijuana all over the country. He said marijuana is dangerous,” Eidinger pointed out. Eidinger also reiterated that they will not be selling any pot at the inauguration. “We don’t want any money exchanged whatsoever,” he said, “this is really a gift for people who come to Washington, D.C.,”
Eidinger also addressed the elephant in the room—that being the fact that smoking marijuana on federal property is still illegal and protesters could be arrested. “We are going to tell them that if they smoke on federal property, they are risking arrest. But, that’s a form of civil disobedience,” said Eidinger. “I think it’s a good protest. If someone wants to do it, they are risking arrest, but it’s a protest and you know what, the National Mall is a place for protest.”
Eidinger also added that the protest was not anti-Trump, and that all are welcome to join. “If there are people from Texas, some Cowboys fan, who is walking down the street in a cowboy hat and a big fur coat and he walks up to our demonstration, I want him to feel welcome coming to D.C.,” he said.