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Pro-pot activists to pass out free joints to legislators, media for event at Capitol Hill. Who’ll be first in line?

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Talk about a “joint session” of Congress.

Weed aficionados will be handing out free marijuana cigarettes Thursday on Capitol Hill.

…and the stunt appears to be legal, thanks to relaxed D.C. cannabis laws.

Members of the pro-cannabis group DCMJ plan to distribute up to 1,000 free joints to members of Congress, congressional staffers, interns and — likely to be first in line — credentialed members of the press, the New York Daily News reported.

The weed enthusiasts say you must be at least 21-years-old, and will offer up to two joints per taker.

DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger, claiming to speak for the American people, said in a statement that the country wants legal weed.

“Americans don’t want a crackdown on legal cannabis — they want Congress to end cannabis prohibition once and for all,” the statement said. “Giving adults access to cannabis and individuals and small business owners legal protection in all 50 states is what the American people have been asking for — just take one look at last year’s election.”

The group’s antics are intended to draw attention to the expiring Rohrabacher-Farr amendment that prohibits federal authorities from interfering with state marijuana laws — DCMJ wants Congress to renew the amendment.

Not that the endeavor is high on the list of priorities for the Trump administration, given the remarks this week from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

“Let me be clear about marijuana,” Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University, according to The Daily News. “It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs…Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the U.S. Congress we in DHS are sworn to uphold all the laws on the books.”

Thursday’s date, April 20, has somehow come to represent an annual holiday for weed heads and, despite a dysfunctional Congress incapable of addressing the country’s most pressing problems and a growing $20 trillion national debt, folks are celebrating getting stoned.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:






Tom Tillison


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