Four Arrested for Marijuana Use Near Capitol

DCMJ lead second demonstration in a week that led to arrests

Posted April 24, 2017 at 2:24pm
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Police made four arrests when marijuana legalization advocates took out joints and edibles and used them on federal land during a DCMJ demonstration Monday.

The group led its #Reschedule420 smoke-in days after seven were arrested while handing out marijuana to congressional staffers on Thursday in honor of 420, also known as National Weed Day.

Adam Eidinger, founder of DCMJ.org, is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after he and several others smoked marijuana in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, April 24, 2017. The group held their protest to call on Congress to reschedule the drug classification of marijuana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Adam Eidinger, founder of DCMJ.org, is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after he and several others smoked marijuana in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, April 24, 2017. The group held their protest to call on Congress to reschedule the drug classification of marijuana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Before the United States Capitol Police moved into the crowd on the lawn to make arrests, DCMJ held five prayers, for different religious denominations, and held up joints, edibles and Cannabidiol medication.

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Capitol Police took video and photographs of the demonstration and then moved in to arrest four advocates, including DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger.

The group originally planned to hold the event on the House steps of the Capitol, but moved to the lawn after Eidinger talked to Capitol Police officers.

They are pushing for federal decriminalization of marijuana and for Congress to remove marijuana from a Schedule I classification under the Controlled Substances Act.

During the press conference, dozens of police officers stood by. Those arrested on Thursday told press that they were in jail for 28 hours.

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They said that one reason for the arrest included the fact that they had “slightly over the legal limit” of marijuana on them.

Eidinger added that only two white men, including himself, were in the D.C. jail that day.

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A U.S. flag redesigned with marijuana leaves blows in the wind as DCMJ.org holds a protest in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, April 24, 2017, to call on Congress to reschedule the drug classification of marijuana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
A U.S. flag redesigned with marijuana leaves blows in the wind as DCMJ.org holds a protest in front of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, April 24, 2017, to call on Congress to reschedule the drug classification of marijuana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Other speeches came from a mother of a child with epilepsy who uses cannabis, a war veteran and former opioid user and a lobbyist.

Many of the speeches were emotional and shared feelings about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him a racist.