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Emanuel Cleaver Confronted by Pot Protesters (Video)

Protesters shut down Maryland Avenue Northeast. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

   

The pro-pot group protesting Congress' intervention into local marijuana policy did not cause an uproar on Capitol grounds Wednesday night, but they did clash with a congressman.  

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, riding with his chief of staff in a black sedan, encountered a few of the most antagonistic individuals on Maryland Avenue Northeast. About two dozen demonstrators, mostly associated with the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, were blocking traffic following a brief protest at the Heritage Foundation's nearby headquarters.  

When the Missouri Democrat's car pulled up to the intersection with D Street Northeast, a few protesters refused to let him pass. Cleaver leaned out the passenger side window and yelled that he had "somewhere" to be, but one man waving a "Legalize" flag stood in front of the car.  

"You just raise fucking money, dude," the man yelled. A second antagonist also taunted Cleaver. "Who you gonna call? Who you gonna call? ... That's right nobody," they yelled, to inaudible responses from the congressman.  

According to chief of staff John Jones, Cleaver, a supporter of D.C. democracy, was on his way to an appointment. It was not a fundraiser. After about a minute, Jones turned around and drove back in the direction he came from.  

The protesters continued demonstrating into the night.  

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