Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

People can also give up to an ounce of weed as a "gift" to another person, as long as they're legal age.

Schiller added that the giveaway's location ― on the corner of First Street Northeast and Constitution Avenue ― was the closest the group could get to the Senate without leaving D.C. territory (most federal offices in Washington sit on federal land out of the jurisdiction of the D.C. government and police).

The House vote came Thursday on the 4/20 holiday after it debated whether to try stamping out attempts to use religious freedoms to open places where marijuana users can gather.

It was a low point on what was meant to be a "high" day, as a handful of D.C. marijuana activists were arrested for distributing joints Thursday on Capitol Hill. As soon as his fellow activists are released tonight or tomorrow, Schiller says they'll go enjoy this weekend's marijuana festival and prepare.

In addition, up to six marijuana plants can be grown inside a home. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

The arrests in Washington surprised organizer Adam Eidinger, who said the event was held on a District of Columbia sidewalk across the street from the Capitol to avoid conflicting with federal law.

To the dismay of some in a crowd of a few dozen people, the giveaway wasn't for everyone: Only members of Congress, congressional staff, Capitol Hill support staff and credentialed journalists older than 21 were invited to take two free joints. Yet uncertainty over the Trump administration's intents toward pot enforcement has created at least partial paralysis in those states on public consumption, licensing and other issues. Perspectives included: a cancer survivor who broke the law by consuming marijuana to mitigate the effects of chemotherapy, a federal staffer who lost his job as a result of a positive drug test, and those who received criminal charges and had their lives put on hold while they had to overcome the onerous penalties imposed by the state for a simple possession charge, among others.

"Under federal law, it is unlawful to possess marijuana", the statement said.

Compared to other drugs, 65 percent believe marijuana is less unsafe, with only 23 percent believing that legalizing marijuana would lead to an increase in violent crime.

"It would be a grave mistake to ignore the will of the American people", said Nikolas Schiller, another co-founder of DCMJ. Marijuana remains illegal in the 29 percent of the District that is federal land.

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