Cannabis advocacy group DCMJ is planning to light 4,200 joints during the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump at the National Mall, the Associated Press reports. According to DCMJ Founder Adam Eidinger, distribution of the joints is perfectly legal as long as it’s done in the District, however smoking them on federal land could lead to arrests.
The group plans to smoke out the inauguration at four minutes and twenty seconds into Trump’s speech. Eidinger said they want to send a message to the incoming administration to legalize cannabis. They are also concerned about the potential Attorney General nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who is a staunch prohibitionist.
According to the organization’s website, the group has already held three demonstrations, called #SmokeSessions, and are planning for a fourth round on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 during the nominee’s Senate Judiciary Confirmation Hearing. The group has handed out flyers during previous events opposing Sessions, reading “Jeff Sessions: Wrong on Marijuana, Wrong for America.”
The group is demanding that Congress remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act within the first 100 days of the new administration — urging Sessions to “evolve his position.” The group encourages the incoming administration to continue to allow states to determine their own cannabis policies, and, if Sessions is confirmed, “investigate the racial disparities” of federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines.
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