DC's Hottest Christmas Gift This Year is Weed
The holiday greenery in the nation's capital this year isn't mistletoe; it's marijuana. This Christmas is the first since the DC marijuana legalization, Initiative 71, went into effect earlier this year, and that means DC residents can legally give skunky-smelling Christmas presents to each other.
“It's a lovely holiday season because you can give cannabis to your friends in Washington DC,” said initiative organizer, political activist, and all-around DC gadfly Adam Eidinger. “Giving cannabis has become like the latest, ‘Hey, I baked a pie. I grew this. Would you like it?’ And it is a very special gift,” he told Fox News 5.
DC's legalization doesn't allow for the taxation and sale of marijuana—and Congress saw to that again just last week, when it included a rider barring the District from taxing and regulating marijuana in the omnibus budget bill—but it does allow for gifting up to an ounce at a time to other adults.
There are an estimated 500 pot growers in DC now, and Eidinger, of course, is one of them. And he's giving away lots of what he grew. But he's also the owner of Capitol Hemp in Adams-Morgan, and he says it and like minded stores are doing a brisk business in marijuana-related Christmas items, too.
“People are definitely interested in cannabis-themed gifts, and they are coming in for gifts that can help someone harvest their plants because a lot of times, people don’t have that equipment, so that's a nice gift for the holidays,” Eidinger said.
While Eidinger is staying within the law, others are pushing boundaries, and maybe they're pushing just a little too hard. A company called Kush Gods has several vehicles around town that offer marijuana edibles for "a donation." The cars park in high traffic areas like U Street Northwest and offer up their wares.
“I love their enthusiasm for legalization,” said Eidinger. “They really should help us change the laws because what they are doing is really, I think, illegal under the law as it stands now.”