Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

Lauren Perry
April 21, 2017

According to DCMJ, free joints will be distributed to members of Congress, Congressional staffers, credentialed journalists, support staff, interns and Capitol Hill workers with valid Congressional identification.

Colorado lawmakers have rejected a last-minute proposal to ban marijuana churches where users can congregate inside and smoke pot. Marijuana possession by persons under 21 years of age is not allowed.

"This is legal", Eidinger said.

Adam Eidinger, head of DCMJ, the activist group formerly known as the D.C. Cannabis Campaign that organized the giveaway, said he was surprised by the arrests. He insisted the police were out of line.

Capitol Police on the scene declined to answer questions about their actions or what crime the protesters had committed. He said the seven arrested had been on D.C. land, not federal land.

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But in a statement, police say they invoked federal law in making the arrests. Unfortunately, Capitol Police cracked down on the goodwill gesture and arrested several people involved. He said he was surprised by the arrests. "Discreet traps have been set up through the city today", the post said.

Though there were plenty of nighttime events planned, about two dozen pot fans in the Los Angeles area opted for a morning celebration, gathering around 9 a trailhead in the Altadena foothills for "High'ke", a 2.5-mile trek that promised joints to everyone who made it to the 5,600-foot peak of Mount Lowe. The event for April 20, a holiday celebrated by pot enthusiasts, was to give people in Congress marijuana and raise awareness.

Organizers with DCMJ, a cannabis advocacy group focused on marijuana law in Washington, D.C., will head to Capitol Hill Thursday for a 4/20 demonstration slated to start around noon and extend into the evening.

President Donald Trump hasn't clarified what his approach to marijuana will be, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposes the drug's legalization and this month ordered a review of the government's marijuana policy, which has included a largely hands-off approach in legal marijuana states. The event was being billed as a ― wait for it ― "Joint Session For Congress". Schiller said he expected the Capitol "smoke in" to go ahead.

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