Thousands flock to give, receive marijuana seeds in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Some ordinary-looking seeds were in high demand Thursday at D.C.’s first-ever legal marijuana seed sharing event.

Adam Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign, welcomed those who came to share and receive seeds at Libertine, a bar on 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan.

“The RSVP list when we closed it today was at 2,000,” he announced. At one point, the line of people waiting to get in snaked down 18th Street and around the block.

“I hope that from the seeds that we plant this week, (that) this fall … we have a great crop, and people are really generous in sharing, and we actually bring the price of underground marijuana down,” Eidinger added.

D.C.’s month-old marijuana law allows people 21 and over to give away one ounce of seeds at a time to another person who’s at least 21. Residents can grow up to six plants at their homes at one time, as long as no more than three are mature.

“We are a nonviolent botanical revolution,” a man who brought seeds to share, but declined to share his name, told WTOP. We talked to him as he packed seeds he had poured onto a table into tiny baggies to give away.

“Apparently, they’re finally, in D.C., coming to the awareness that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness actually needs to be enforced,” said John, a man who showed up to receive seeds.

Another seed-sharing event happens Saturday, March 28, at the DC Cannabis Campaign’s headquarters, on Massachusetts Avenue. It starts, perhaps appropriately, at 4:20 p.m.

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter and anchor at WTOP.

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