Thursday, April 27, 2017

DC Activists Arrested for Lighting Up on Capital Grounds

The cannabis activist group DC Marijuana Justice has staged two protests at the capital in the last week – one last Thursday, April 20th, the unofficial stoner holiday, where they handed out free joints to those 21 or older with a congressional ID – and most recently this Monday, April 24th. The 4/20 protest was cut short when eight people were arrested on the grounds of possession (four of the eight also charged with distribution) and all the joints that had yet to be handed out were confiscated by capital police. 

The 4/20 protest wasn’t on federal ground – and D.C. passed recreational legalization in the form of a ballot initiative in 2014 – so protestors were under the impression that what they were doing was entirely legal. If that afternoon was any indication of what was to come with the protest planned for the following Monday these activists new they were going to be arrested again – but they didn’t let that stop them from showing up and lighting up on capital grounds.   

“Congress approved our federal law, it is federally legal [to possess] marijuana in the District of Columbia,” Ricardo Harvin said to the Capital Police officers, “So remember that as you come in to arrest us.”

After the stories from medical marijuana patients who showed up for the protest had been heard at least eight protestors, including those who run DCMJ, lit up joints right there on federal grounds in front of the cops. This is not the first smoke in staged by DCMJ, but it is only the second protest of theirs to end in arrests – but before they were arrested at the 4/20 event they had already been prepared for arrest during this protest.

 “Congress is immorally telling us that D.C. doesn’t have home rule anymore when it comes to marijuana,” Mr. Eidinger told The Washington Times before the event. “Andy Harris’s amendment is blocking D.C. from writing its own laws.”

In the end, the important part to them is to make a point – it’s time to reschedule marijuana, or at the very least ensure that the laws put in place to protect state-legal industries from the federal government will stay in place under the new administration.

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