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Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

20 April 2017, 07:04 | Kelvin Horton

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

A volunteer working for the DCMJ, a Washington group calling for cannabis to be removed from the Controlled Substances Act, takes a break for a smoke after he and friends rolled hundreds and hundreds of marijuana joints on April 13, 2017, in preparation for their April 20th (420) protest that gathers at "High Noon" at the U.S. Capitol calling on legislators to relax marijuana laws.

In addition to their advocacy event Thursday, DCMJ is also planning a massive "smoke-in" Monday at the Capitol Building where attendees will get high for a political statement.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans will be given the opportunity to bake out a "Joint Session" of Congress on Thursday, as Americans across the nation celebrate the unofficial weed-smoking holiday known as 4/20. The group offers to give out two joints per person, as long as the tokers are older than 21.

At the National Cannabis Festival, you'll be surrounded by everything you could want for a 4/20 celebration: marijuana, mellow music and cures for your inevitable munchies.

"We're hoping to de-stigmatize cannabis culture and the appreciation of marijuana", said Adam Eidinger, co-founder of community cannabis group DCMJ, according to the Washingtonian. As it is an amendment rather than a full law, Rohrabacher-Farr has to be renewed every year.

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe marijuana use should be legal, the highest ever recorded and a five-point jump from past year, according to a newly released CBS News Poll. Thursday's event will serve as an effort to get Congress to pass marijuana reform. The amendment is set to expire on April 28, and DCMJ hopes that its joint-giveaway will compel members of Congress to consider renewing the amendment.

"Let me be clear about marijuana", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University on Tuesday.

Compared to other drugs, 65 percent believe marijuana is less risky, with only 23 percent believing that legalizing marijuana would lead to an increase in violent crime. They plan to smoke marijuana at that location, on federal land, where using and possessing marijuana is a crime.

Yet, Kelly's comments come off as relatively lenient once contrasted against ones made by attorney general Jeff Sessions.

The group plans to hand out 1,000 joints in Washington D.C.to anyone with a congressional ID.

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