With Trump's inauguration right around the corner, a peaceful protest is being planned to bring together a large crowd of tokers and the message that federal marijuana legalization is a must. The DC Cannabis Coalition is well within the law to hand out thousands of free joints to adult protesters, as long as no money is exhanged. That's right, in our nation's capitol it's legal to give marijuana away, but not to sell it. The unlawful part of the protest comes when users are expected to light their joints at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the inauguration speech. While cannabis is legal in D.C. smoking is only permitted in a private residence. The peaceful protest of a mass smoking will likely draw attention to the issue, hopefully without mass incarceration.
"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 said.
There will 4,200 gifts, to be exact. Then, at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into Trump's speech (420 is the internationally known code for weed), protesters are encouraged to light up. That part, is most definitely illegal.
"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."