4/20 pot celebrations marked by arrests at U.S. Capitol
Apr 21 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The demonstration Thursday was intended as a protest against federal interference with states that have legal pot. Thursday, April 20, 2017, marks marijuana culture's high holiday, 4/20, when.
The group was handing out free joints to interested congressional staffers, federal employees and curious tourists on a city-owned sidewalk across the street from the U.S. Capitol.
It may be 4/20, but that doesn't mean smoking marijuana on federal grounds is a good idea. As soon as his fellow activists are released tonight or tomorrow, Schiller says they'll go enjoy this weekend's marijuana festival and prepare.
"I was performing within my legal rights in the District of Columbia", activist Elizabeth Croydon shouted as she was taken into custody. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
The invitation notes that the event is open for "all members of Congress, congressional staff, interns, Capitol Hill support staff, and credentialed journalists who are over 21 years of age".
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The 4/20 event, billed as the "1st Annual Joint Session", was at First Street and Constitution Avenue NE, across the street from the U.S. Capitol and down the block from the Supreme Court.
Organizers of the JointSession are calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency from using funds to interfere with D.C. and state medical marijuana laws. Three people were charged with intent to distribute, and four were charged with possession, authorities said.
Seven of those arrested were members of DCMJ, including the other co-founder Adam Eidinger, and two were part of a local cannabis co-op who were helping out with the giveaway. However, despite the arrests, the free weed giveaway carried on. Cannabis advocates have vowed to pass marijuana cigarettes and voluntarily get arrested on the nation's capital during their first annual "JointSession".
"We'll see them in court", Schiller said. As Schiller noted, members of Congress and their staffs are not subject to the drug testing statutes that keep other federal employees, including contractors who work in Congress, from consuming marijuana.