The fear of the coming war on pot has Adam rallying the troops. They can’t afford to be complacent.
“We need to build our muscle tissue,” he says while taking a break Saturday from rolling joints. He’s not talking about his sore fingers but the group’s ability to organize and protest.
As he says this, he’s wearing a red “liberty cap” that he sewed himself. The cap, which has historical tie-ins to everything from the American Revolution to the Ancient Roman Empire, has become a rally cap, of sorts, for D.C.’s cannabis activists. Today, Adam and the other volunteers who showed up in his Massachusetts Avenue home are all wearing them.
Elizabeth Croydon, a stand-up comic, pot activist and former Green Party candidate for Congress in Maryland’s 8th District, is there alongside Lisa Rough, a visiting writer for the Seattle-based cannabis website Leafly, and a guy whose name is either Kevin or Patrick. It seems to be a matter of debate. It’s all business, though. They are working hard, rolling joints, one after the other, except, of course, for the occasional smoke break.
Elizabeth says she’s ready to get arrested on Inauguration Day. She’s just fed up with the attacks on cannabis rights, including some states that still don’t allow medical marijuana. She figures she has rolled about 100 joints in the last two days. All told, the group has rolled about 1,000 joints. But that’s not counting the other clubs and groups around the city that are also busy rolling joints for the inauguration giveaway. They’re all out there rolling, Adam says.
“We have to go on the offensive,” Adam says, “or we’re going to have everything taken away from us.”