DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Smoking a joint alone in front of a room of people can be awkward. Just ask Adam Eidinger.
Eidinger, the chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign who spearheaded efforts to get marijuana legalization on November’s ballot, invited the media to his campaign headquarters Thursday to watch him plant marijuana seeds and smoke — two activities that are now legal in the District. Eidinger offered to share some of his stash with reporters, but everyone declined, opting merely to enjoy, or perhaps tolerate, the contact high from the smoke that filled the dining room of a Massachusetts Avenue NW rowhouse on Embassy Row.
“It feels great, it feels like freedom,” Eidinger said as he legally inhaled and exhaled multiple times while photographers got their shots.
Eidinger has been pushing for marijuana legalization ever since D.C. officials shut down his Capitol Hemp shops in 2012 because he sold weed-related paraphernalia. This was before decriminalization was in effect in D.C.; at the time, full-on legalization seemed like a quixotic cause. Now Initiative 71, the overwhelmingly voter-approved marijuana legalization law that went into effect Thursday at 12:01 a.m., allows residents to grow up to six marijuana plants — three mature ones at a time — at home and possess up to two ounces of the leafy drug. Eidinger plans to reopen his shop in Adams Morgan later this year.