4/20 might be a celebratory time for most cannabis users across the nation, but marijuana advocates are not losing sight of the uphill battle. After this weekend’s post-holiday festivities settle down, dozens of marijuana activists, including a number of military veterans, will head to the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to spark up joints.
The event, “Monday @ High Noon”, will take place on April 24, and is meant to call attention to the harsh federal stance that has hindered the cannabis industry from blossoming. Fliers for the protest have been circulating around the area, reading “Mass Civil Disobedience @ 4:20p — East Side of the US Capitol.”
Although marijuana possession is technically legal in D.C., the U.S. Capitol is considered federal property, meaning that the protestors could face up to a year in jail for sparking up there. But, the advocates and vets taking part in this demonstration know—and even welcome— the high risk that they are taking by lighting up right on the steps of Capitol Hill.
The event will mark the first time that activists openly light up on federal land in D.C. Using the U.S. Capitol dome as the backdrop of the…