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Word on the Hill: 4/20

Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

DCMJ, a.k.a. the DC Cannabis Campaign, is the group that led the signature effort to get Initiative 71 on the ballot in 2014. The initiative, overwhelmingly backed by D.C. voters, legalized possession of minimal amounts of marijuana for recreational use in the District.

Watch for HOH’s coverage.

Get some professional development

It’s the middle of Professional Development Week, hosted by the Congressional Black Associates, the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association, and the Senate Black Staffer Legislative Caucus. There are two “how to be” panels remaining, to be held in the Capitol Visitor Center. Today’s panel is on being a legislative correspondent and Friday’s is on being a legislative assistant.

Also today, there is a TriCaucus Happy Hour at Sonoma (223 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) at 5:30 p.m. See their events page for details.

Also happening today …

The Clean Energy Program at Third Way is hosting an early Earth Day Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Passenger, 1539 Seventh St. NW. RSVP here.

Check tomorrow’s Word on the Hill for more Earth Day events.

Coffee of the month

The April specialty coffee drink in the Dirksen Senate Office Building’s coffee shop is a toffee nut mocha. Try it out before the end of the month.

Happy birthday to …

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., 81.

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