Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 21, 2017

"We've pointed out repeatedly in the press and with advocate groups that marijuana got more votes than Donald Trump last November and that the American people are on our side", Blumenauer wrote.

Put another way, what transpired Thursday was arguably the year's foremost gathering of Washington navel-gazers and people who literally gaze at their navels because they're stoned out of their minds.

Hillterns, listen up. Leaders of DCMJ, the District's largest marijuana advocacy group known for handing out thousands of free joints on Inauguration Day, will be giving out two free joints to members of Congress, hill staffers, interns, Capitol Hill support staff and credentialed journalists over 21 years old Thursday.

The city government has been barred by Congress from taxing pot or regulating its sale. Upon further look, you'll notice each juice offers options to add "love" or "lots of love" to your order, which means you'll get a special, legal gift of a bag of weed with your delivery. "I'm not the only one ― it's not just white guys with long hair that smoke weed, man". The answer is complicated.

Sessions' tough-on-drugs approach as a senator has left these groups concerned for marijuana legalization will be and afraid of what Sessions might ultimately do.

Four members of the House of Representatives, two Democrats and two Republicans, announced the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus in February to help integrate federal and state laws governing weed. Under law, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level even though it has been legalized in 28 states, including Washington D.C. While someone may be inclined to take advantage of Washington's consumption laws in one of its lovely parks, numerous District's outdoor spaces are actually managed by the Interior Department. That's probably why the DCMJ has called its joint giveaway "1st Annual Congressional #JointSession".

"Today the US Capitol Police arrested seven DCMJ volunteers, including Adam Eidinger, who were engaging in lawful behavior", says Schiller.

Shortly after they began, Capitol Police arrested two of the demonstrators and warned the rest not to block the sidewalk. "They were taken to USCP Headquarters for processing", the statement read. Recreational pot remains against the law in Virginia and Maryland, although possessing small amounts of it in Maryland can result in a civil fine rather than a criminal charge.

"We have no intentions of backing down", Schiller said. As soon as his fellow activists are released tonight or tomorrow, Schiller says they'll go enjoy this weekend's marijuana festival and prepare. "It's not a big deal".

The main table sat at the corner of Constitution Avenue and First Street NE, a location DCMJ assumed was D.C. land and stressed in their invitation that they were distributing on "non-federal land".

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