Judging by the RSVPs for the event, there’s high demand. By Friday, more than 340 people had signed up for the two events, being held March 26 at the Northwest D.C. absinthe bar Libertine and March 28 and at the campaign’s headquarters.
Adam Eidinger, chairman of the campaign that got the legalization issue on the November ballot, said his group will facilitate the exchange of seeds but will not be giving away any. He estimates that so far there’s a 30-1 ratio of people who have signed up for the event and are looking for seeds compared to those who are giving them away.
On the day legalization took effect, Mr. Eidinger invited media to watch him plant several marijuana seeds. He says four of the six seeds he planted have already sprouted.
A ballot initiative passed by 70 percent of D.C. voters took effect in February, allowing people to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, smoke and grow marijuana on their private property and to transfer up to 1 ounce to others. Buying and selling marijuana, or smoking it in public, remains a criminal offense.
It’s only natural the District would see an increased interest in horticulture after it became legal last month to grow marijuana plants. But with the sale of marijuana still illegal, those budding green thumbs have a problem: where to get marijuana seeds?
DC residents swap seeds for new strains of cannabis.
People waited in line for over an hour waiting for free rolling papers and cannabis seeds.
A man selling marijuana grinders to people standing in line at the DC cannabis seed exchange.
Legalization advocates gave out stickers advocating for the DC Cannabis Campaign efforts.
On Feb. 26, marijuana use was legalized in the District, but laws limit residents over the age of 21 to the possession of up to 2 ounces of weed and the ability to have plants in their homes, so long as there are no more than three immature and three mature plants. But the laws did not legalize a market for the drug, nor for its seeds, which are needed to grow the plants at home. But pot smokers have found a way to get the goods, as everyone knew they would. They just share it.
The newscycle was obsessed with the initiative. We were in the news almost every week for about a year, with total impressions hitting about 2 billion.
Adam Eidinger, chairman of DC Cannabis Campaign, discusses the impact of the group’s successful effort to get cannabis legalized in the capital.
The campaign recently held a marijuana seed exchange. How did that go?
Some of the best ideas in our campaign came from volunteers – someone suggested it and we looked into the idea and realized it was legal.
When people ask me why I’m going to do it, I say, “Marijuana is used by certain people who don’t make enough money, and I want everyone to get a raise. We have to start with the lowest-paid workers.”
Also, on January 1, 2016, I am going to go on a pot strike. I’m not going to use marijuana through the election at least and I’m going to document whatever withdrawal or symptoms I observe – or perhaps nothing will happen.