Anyone over 21 years of age with valid congressional ID can get a locally-grown joint, including members of Congress, staffers, credentialed journalists and interns. It's a small enough amount and done with proper screening that it's legal to do so, DCMJ says.
But it doesn't stop with that stunt. On April 24, things get more intense: They're planning to openly smoke on federal lands, in order to invite arrest and challenge reform.
According to CNN, "The 4/20 giveaway is an attempt to 'destigmatize' the plant, while the 'smoke-in' four days later is supposed to be a direct request for federal reform. The activists said they want marijuana rescheduled in the eyes of the federal government so that federal penalties are less harsh."
DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger said he fully expects to be arrested that day.
Sit-in were used as a peaceful protest during the Civil Rights Movement. The non-violent action of standing one's physical ground can be a simple yet effective way to send a message about a cause, which is what these activist hope to achieve.
On the presidential inauguration weekend, DCMJ also staged a smoking sesh and handed out joints as protest and to raise awareness. Some marijuana groups have distanced themselves from DCMJ's extreme direct-action approaches, calling it counterproductive to condone illegal behavior.
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