D.C.: Thousands Gather To Give, Receive Marijuana Seeds
By Steve Elliott
Thousands of people gathered on Thursday for the District of Columbia's first-ever legal marijuana seed sharing event, with a second giveaway is planned for Saturday.
With D.C. police officers looking on, city residents lined up and then walked away from a bar and restaurant carrying baggies containing marijuana seeds, report Aaron C. Davbis and Perry Stein at The Washington Post.
The seed attendees were taking advantage of Initiative 71, a ballot measure approved last fall by voters which legalized marijuana possession. The line for the marijuana "seed share" snaked around the building, including people of many ages and ethnic backgrounds.
"The RSVP list when we closed it today was at 2,000," said Adam Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign, who welcomed those who came to share and receive seeds at Libertine, a bar on 18th Street NW, reports Michelle Basch at WTOP.
"I hope that from the seeds that we plant this week, (that) this fall ... we have a great crop, and people are really generous in sharing, and we actually bring the price of underground marijuana down," Eidinger said. "Home growth is what 70 percent of voters approved."
"We are a nonviolent botanical revolution," said one man who brought seeds to share as he packed seeds he'd poured onto a table into tiny baggies to give away.
"Apparently, they're finally, in D.C., coming to the awareness that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness actually needs to be enforced," said John, who said he was there to receive seeds.
Another seed-sharing event is planned for Saturday, March 28, at the DC Cannabis Campaign's headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue. It starts at 4:20 p.m.
Photo: WTOP/Michelle Basch