Much pomp and specific circumstances mark the quadrennial swearing-in of the President of the United States, and Donald J. Trump’s inauguration will be no exception. There’s the 21-gun salute, there’s the playing of Hail to the Chief, there are the balls and the parties and the protests.
And, unless Trump declares his support for marijuana legalization in all 50 states, there will be the 4,200 joints fired up and passed around just as the Trump’s inaugural speech gets going.
— DCMJ (@DCMJ2014) January 4, 2017
As you can see, preparations are already well underway for #Trump420, or what could be the biggest single marijuana protest in recent memory.
#Trump420 is a project of DCMJ, the activists who successfully legalized recreational cannabis in Washington, D.C. In case their commitment to the cause was in question, their recent guerrilla protest of the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s anti-weed choice for attorney general, led to a trail of marijuana crumbs marking the floor of Sessions’ office.
Sessions, an early Trump supporter, famously declared last year that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” But more troubling than the grandstanding of a senator is the silence of an attorney general nominee — and a president.
Since his nomination, Sessions hasn’t said word one about what he’d do about the eight states that have legalized cannabis. In a rare show of reticence, Trump has also stayed mum on on the marijuana question, leading some marijuana activists to worry that the great gains made on drug policy reform could evaporate.
As DCMJ leader Adam Eidinger explained to the Washington Times, all this quiet is troubling.
“We are forced to do this type of publicity stunt because the Trump administration hasn’t mentioned marijuana once since he was elected,” Eidinger told the paper. “It reminds people that the public wants change, and the politicians aren’t doing it.”
So, unless Trump stands up and declares his support for cannabis, Eidinger and his crew will hand out 4,200 joints on Inauguration Day — and, exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump’s speech, they plan to fire them up.
DCMJ activists plan to meet at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 before marching over to the National Mall. Each will carry no more than two ounces of cannabis in neatly rolled joints, which they will then politely hand out to all inauguration attendees alike.
After all, as Eidinger told the Times, the idea isn’t to be rude.
“I want visitors to feel that marijuana people are great people,” he said.
TELL US, do you support this massive joint giveaway as a way to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump?