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D.C Marijuana justice group to give out free weed at COVID-19 vaccination sites

District of Columbia home-growers are celebrating the arrival of COVID-19 vaccinations by giving away free weed, cannabis reform group D.C. Marijuana Justice (DCMJ) has announced.

The campaign, dubbed ‘Joints for Jabs,’ will see the group distribute free bags of cannabis outside of vaccination centres.

 
 
 

“We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis,” says DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller.

“DCMJ believes that cannabis should be consumed safely and responsibly, and the pandemic has made this incredibly difficult for many adults to share their homegrown cannabis. When enough adults are inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine, it will be time to celebrate — not just the end of the pandemic, but the beginning of the end of cannabis prohibition in the United States,” Schiller adds.

Since its founding in 2013, DCMJ helped to pass Initiative 71, which legalized the possession and cultivation of cannabis within D.C., and has led a number of high-profile campaigns, including distributing more than 10,000 joints at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

“The wildly popular protest to end marijuana prohibition highlighted the fact that cannabis reform is not a partisan issue, but an American issue that needed to be addressed by the incoming president,” the release states.

While cannabis remains federally illegal four years later, the group is optimistic that the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act), which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, will be introduced and passed in the democrat-controlled Senate.

“While no legislation is perfect, the MORE Act addresses many demands that D.C. Marijuana Justice has been making for years,” said Adam Eidinger, the proposer of D.C.’s Initiative 71 and co-founder of DCMJ.

“We asked Presidents Obama and Trump, and now we are asking President-Elect Biden to take executive action on cannabis reform within the first 100 days,” Eidinger said.

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