Pro-Marijuana Activists Arrested at 'Joint Session' Rally in DC

  • Pro-Marijuana Activists Arrested at 'Joint Session' Rally in DC

Pro-Marijuana Activists Arrested at 'Joint Session' Rally in DC

In January, New York State Senator Liz Krueger introduced the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into the state legislature, which would make New York the ninth state in the country to legalize the recreational use of cannabis (not including the District of Columbia).

U.S. Capitol Police confirmed the arrests.

To rectify federal and state laws, the Obama administration in 2013 announced plans not to enforce anti-marijuana federal laws in states that legalized the drug. Organized by Lowcountry NORML, a local advocacy group that promotes the legalization and responsible use of marijuana, the event will include speakers, the formation of a "line of compassion", and a brief moment of silent solidarity scheduled at 4:20 p.m.

"Things got a little interesting right now", says Nikolas Schiller, the co-founder of DCMJ, told DCist. They plan to smoke marijuana at that location, on federal land, where using and possessing marijuana is a crime.

To protest the arrests, the group will be hosting a "smoke-in" at the Capitol on Monday.

Adam Eidinger, the cofounder of DCMJ, said, "Americans don't want a crackdown on legal cannabis-they want Congress to end cannabis prohibition once and for all". As of 2:30 p.m., one adult male and two adult female arrestees were charged with 21 USC 841 (a) (possession with intent to distribute).

Seven people were arrested for possession of marijuana in the nation's capitol during a 420 celebration of cannabis culture, U.S. Capitol Police said.

According to charging documents, Capitol Police found a total of 2.405 ounces of marijuana in plant, joint, and bud form in Angolia's vehicle.

Thursday and throughout the weekend, celebrate 4/20 by dusting off the Cheeto crumbs from your munchies-fueled snack session and venture off the couch to these events throughout the city. As soon as his fellow activists are released tonight or tomorrow, Schiller says they'll go enjoy this weekend's marijuana festival and prepare.

DCMJ planned the giveaway on D.C. land to stay within the letter of the law, which allows people to possess 2 ounces and legally give away up to an ounce of marijuana, so long as they are over 21.

In California, where voters made recreational marijuana use legal previous year, San Francisco on Thursday will hold its first permitted 4/20 celebration at the event's traditional "Hippie Hill" site in Golden Gate Park.

Eidinger from DCMJ said many were fearful of what would happen during Sessions' tenure and stressed DCMJ's style could prove itself necessary to many other groups if the situation with regard to the federal government changed to crack down on legal weed.

Pot shops in some legal marijuana states were offering discounts.

"There are a lot of Republicans, not just Democrats and progressives, who support this, so we wanted to take a fun and lighthearted approach that brings people together", Eidinger said.