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Trump inauguration marijuana protest arrests unlikely

News Posted Jan 8 2017

The inaugurationof Presedent-Elect Trump is this month and will feature a huge peaceful public smoking protest. A group of marijuana activists will be handing out over 4,000 joints to adults at the inauguration and everyone will light up at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the speech. While marijuana has been legal to possess in Washington D.C. since 2015, smoking in public is not legal. Adults can possess up to 2 ounces up marijuana and grow in the privacy of their own home, but sales are not legal. Cannabis must be given away as a gift. While public smoking remains illegal, Mayor Muriel Bowser says arresting pot smokers will not be first priority. 

Pro-pot activists are planning to give away 4,200 free joints during the inauguration, which is legal in the District of Columbia. They’ve also pledged to light up during President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural address, which is not.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser said police and city leaders want to see people peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights. Bowser says arrests for smoking pot “wouldn’t be our first priority.”

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