Nikolas Schiller, the other co-founder of DCMJ, said he hopes the back-to-back events will also focus congressional attention on reauthorizing a measure that shields medicinal marijuana programs from federal law enforcement actions.
“The first protest will take place on April 20 — 4/20, the pot holiday — from “high noon” til about 5 p.m., Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller, co-founders of the group DCMJ, told CNN. They said members of the group will set up just off Capitol grounds and pass out joints of locally grown marijuana rolled by hand in the home base of DCMJ on Embassy Row in Washington.”
Washington D.C. was alight with protests and demonstrations Friday afternoon—both literally and figuratively. While thousands protested the official swearing-in of President Donald Trump—a ceremony that included a speech plagiarized from a comic book villain—a demonstration of another kind took to the streets: one of nonpartisan weed enthusiasts.
The D.C. Cannabis Coalition (DCMJ), co-founded in 2013 by Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller, called its event #Trump420, and rolled 4,200 joints (yes, that’s 4-2-0-0) to pass out to weed enthusiasts of every political affiliation. DCMJ describes itself as “a community group fighting for equal rights for DC cannabis users, growers, and their families,” and used Trump’s inauguration as an opportunity to raise awareness about its initiatives. Weed possession was legalized in Washington D.C. in 2015 (though you still can’t legally buy it), but Eidinger and Schiller are continuing to fight to destigmatize weed communities and advocate for less restrictive legalization policies.
DCMJ invited Complex to come hang with them while they rolled 4,200 joints from their headquarters, as well as on Friday for their official demonstration, which was attended by Trump supporters and protesters alike. Check out the best of the reefer madness below.
“He’s said that good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Mr. Schiller said of Mr. Sessions, referring to comments the Alabama senator made in April. “We found that to be insulting to the millions of Americans that do.”
“We have come to assume Senator Sessions will overturn the will of more than 70% of the voters in the District of Columbia that voted for full legalization if made Attorney General,” according to a letter sent to legislators in Congress by DCMJ co-founders Adam Eidinger and Nikolas Schiller.
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