Activists Plan to Hand Out Free Weed at DC Vaccination Sites

The cannabis activist group DC Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) says it’s going to hand out free bags of weed to people who get their coronavirus vaccine at some locations in Washington, D.C.

Both the medical and recreational use of marijuana is perfectly legal in D.C., so DCMJ doesn’t expect any legal trouble while it gives out its post-vaccine goody bags, Motherboard reports. The ultimate goal is two-fold: further incentivizing people to protect themselves against COVID-19 and, hopefully, recruiting their grateful recipients into the fight for federal marijuana legalization.

“I want people to get the shots and to know they are appreciated for doing so,” DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger told Motherboard. “We also see the vaccination center as a place for education and outreach as well as to mobilize people to let lawmakers know they want to protect and even expand home grow rights in the District and to allow adults to buy and sell cannabis.”

“We want to end the intense policing of Black communities too as it’s completely connected to marijuana enforcement to this day,” Eidinger added.

The “Joints for Jabs” campaign will begin as soon as vaccines are available to the general public, according to a DCMJ press release. Along with the free bag, DCMJ will distribute cards with information on how people can call their representatives to fight for legal cannabis.

But the call to arms shouldn’t get in the way of a good time, DCMJ’s other co-founder, Nikolas Schiller, said in the press release.

“We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic,” Schiller said, “and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis.”

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