Pro-marijuana group hands out thousands of joints at inauguration

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A marijuana coalition in the District of Columbia was succesful in distributing thousands of joints on Inauguration Day.

The group, the DC Cannabis Coalition, handed them out for free, to encourage the federal legalization of cannabis.

According to the coalition, the original plan was to give away 4,200 joints, but local reports said it was closer to 8,000 joints. At one point, the line stretched six to seven blocks.

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Organizers are using the hashtag #Trump420 to keep supporters current on the protest.

Prior to the Inaugural events, the group passed out joints at 8 a.m. on the west side of Dupont Circle, not far from the White House.

In the District of Columbia, it is legal for a person to possess up to 2 ounces of recreational marijuana. D.C. residents can also grow it, but cannot sell it. They can give it away.

"The main message is it's time to legalize cannabis at the federal level," Adam Eidinger, the founder of DCMJ, told USA Today.

DCMJ is a group of D.C. residents who worked to get the District’s marijuana law passed.