D.C. pot activists arrested during free marijuana giveaway at 4/20 event on Capitol HillApr 21st, 2017 | By owner | Category: Community, News & Features, Politics & Law
U.S. Capitol Police arrested seven pro-marijuana activists who were distributing free joints on a sidewalk across from the Capitol building Thursday — the unofficial 4/20 holiday for pot smokers the world over.
Possession of small amounts of marijuana is legal under D.C. law, but is a punishable offense under federal law.
Activists with the marijuana-advocacy group DCMJ conducted their pot-giveaway protest outside the Capitol to raise awareness about federal and local laws blocking the taxation and regulation of marijuana in the District. They argued that because they were on city property, not federal land, they were subject to D.C. law on possession.
But Capitol Police reiterated that federal law prohibits the possession and distribution of marijuana. Officers arrested seven activists, charging three with possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The activists were taken to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, officers said.
“The irony is today was not civil disobedience. Today was lawful behavior,” DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger said as he was being taken away by police. “Happy 4/20,” Mr. Eidinger said.
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