Activists Plan D.C. Smoke-In and Giveaway for 420 Holiday

The international stoner holiday is just around the corner. Here’s how a group of weed activists plan to celebrate:  

A marijuana advocacy group in the nation's capital plans to target members of Congress on Capitol Hill with two separate protests this April.

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.

They'll be offering marijuana to members of Congress, staffers, credentialed journalists and interns, as long as they are 21 or over and have a valid congressional ID. According to DCMJ, this will all be legal under the District of Columbia's marijuana law.

There was a similar smoke-in and giveaway on January 20 when Donald Trump was inaugurated. The event’s organizers say it is a way to “destigmatize” marijuana and spur a movement for federal reform. Whether or not this is the best way to accomplish that goal remains to be seen.


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