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By Joe Klare
On Friday, January 20th, while Donald Trump is making his speech after being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, don’t be surprised if you see a noticeable cloud wafting through the air.
DCMJ, the group behind the successful push to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington D.C. in 2014, had originally planned to hand out 4,200 joints on Inauguration Day and have everyone light them up 4 minutes and 20 seconds into President Trump’s speech.
“We are forced to do this type of publicity stunt because the Trump administration hasn’t mentioned marijuana once since he was elected,” said DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger. “It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.” he continued.
But the response to the plan was so overwhelming that DCMJ decided to double the number of joints to 8,400, thereby doubling the impact as well.
“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,” Eidinger said. “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.”
While raising awareness, DCMJ also wants to be clear that they are not trying to rile Trump voters.
“We don’t want to be rude to Trump supporters,” Eidinger said, hoping to bring together liberals and conservatives to address the issue of legalization. “I want visitors to feel like these marijuana people are great people.”
DCMJ is also going to great lengths to stay within the law, not carrying marijuana onto federal land and making sure each volunteer who will be handing out the joints is not carrying more than the 2 ounces allowed by D.C. law.
It looks like Trump’s Inauguration Day — which was already sure to be an interesting — just got a lot more so.