Trump’s inauguration may be lacking in the entertainment department — but it won’t be lacking in the pot department, according to marijuana advocacy group DCMJ.(Evan Vucci/AP)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 12:02 PM
The stakes at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration are high, and the people attending it might be, too.
A marijuana legalization advocacy group said Wednesday it was planning on handing out thousands of joints during the Jan. 20 Washington, D.C. ceremony to raise support for efforts to legalize pot nationwide.
The group, called DCMJ, will hand out 4,200 joints at 8 a.m. near Dupont Circle, before marching over to the National Mall.
Participants will then engage in a token toking gesture of lighting up their blunts exactly four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump's inaugural speech, the group's founder said.
The number "420" is a buzzword in the cannabis community denoting the celebration of smoking marijuana, although its exact origins are disputed.
The group plans to hand out 4,200 joints at 8 a.m. near Dupont Circle, before Trump’s inauguration speech.(graphixel/Getty Images)
"We legalized cannabis in Washington, D.C. and we are not going to let anyone take that away from us!," the group wrote on its website. "This is an outreach opportunity to show President Trump's supporters we are the marijuana majority!"
Residents of Washington, D.C. voted in 2015 to legalize recreational marijuana, although city lawmakers have put in place tight restrictions on it use, including a ban on smoking in public spaces.
As a result, distributing the joints is legal, but those smoking them on federal property will risk arrest.
Trump's position on legalizing marijuana is unclear.
Trump’s attorney general designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), strongly opposes any efforts to legalize pot.(Carolyn Kaster/AP)
At times during his campaign, he signaled support for legalizing its medical use, but at other times appeared to contradict himself.
His attorney general designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), however, strongly opposes any efforts to legalize pot.
Getting high could end up being one of the few sources of entertainment at the inauguration.
Nearly a dozen acts have declined invitations from Trump aides to perform, and the only confirmed celebrity acts so far are the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 16-year-old former "America's Got Talent" contestant Jackie Evancho and New York dance group The Rockettes.Send a Letter to the Editor
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