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Marijuana Referendum Flyers Double as Joint Roaches

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Tommy Wells' marijuana decriminalization bill looks set to pass the D.C. Council when the body reconvenes in the fall, but for some local pot activists, decriminalization doesn't go far. Instead, they're gathering signatures to put a referendum to legalize marijuana on the ballot next year. But what good is your should-be-legal pot if you can't smoke it?

To that end, the DCMJ legalization group is handing out flyers that also work as roaches for rolling joints.

On one side, the flyer has information on the referendum and jury nullification. Flip it over, and you're greeted by roaches with messages both recreational ("4:20"), political ("DC politicians support racist laws"), and informative ("George Washington grew cannabis"). Roll 'em if you got 'em, LL supposes.

Photo by Will Sommer

  • Keith Jacobs

    I think that you mean "rolling papers" not roaches. A roach would be the tiny part of a joint or rolled cigarett thay can no longer be held between two fingers without getting burned. Or at least it was back in college :).

  • Will Sommer

    Thanks Keith, this was subject to a lot of office debate. At the risk of revealing my own squareness, here's my thought process.

    I don't think it's rolling papers, since that's a longer, waxier sort of paper (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/60/Cigarette_rolling_papers_(4).JPG).

    We came down between filter, roach, or "crutch." Roaches won--for now.

  • truth hurts

    Click on the "roach" link in LL's article. Back in the day, a roach was indeed as described by Keith. The link, however, uses the term roach as a device one attaches to the end of a joint -- like an extension.

  • BoscoBob

    In the 1960's (aging myself here), a "roach" was the butt end of a joint and a "crutch" was rolled to hold the "roach" to smoke that last bit without burning your lip. The "crutch" worked like a cigarette holder.

    Did something change in the last 50 years?

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