Free pot give­away out­side U.S. Capi­tol build­ing on 4/20

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - — Laura Kelly

Mar­i­juana re­form ad­vo­cates plan to dis­trib­ute free pot cig­a­rettes out­side the U.S. Capi­tol on Thurs­day, April 20 — the “4/20” date on which ac­tivists have held smoke-ins and other cannabis-re­lated protests for years.

While it is il­le­gal to buy or sell mar­i­juana in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, it is le­gal to carry and con­sume small amounts of it but not on fed­eral prop­erty.

Thurs­day’s give­away is a pre­cur­sor for a civil disobe­di­ence protest on Mon­day, when ac­tivists plan to smoke joints on the Capi­tol steps — an ac­tion that could prompt ar­rests.

DCMJ, an ad­vo­cacy group for mar­i­juana re­form in the District, is call­ing on Congress to end a fed­eral pro­hi­bi­tion on cannabis and al­low states to cre­ate their own poli­cies on the drug’s use.

The group also wants Congress to scrap a pro­vi­sion that pre­vents city of­fi­cials from cre­at­ing and reg­u­lat­ing a mar­i­juana mar­ket.

DCMJ mem­bers and volunteers say they have 1,227 joints to give away on Thurs­day.

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