Pro-pot activists plan to hand out joints outside Capitol

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Recreational marijuana use was legalized in the District of Columbia in 2014, but it remains a federal crime and is banned on Capitol grounds. "Our demonstration will begin to lift the special-interest smokescreen giving Congress cover and preventing responsible cannabis laws from being enacted at the federal level".

The arrests were made at the corner of Fourth and Constitution Ave.

In celebration of this, the twentieth day of April, marijuana activists in Washington, D.C. gave away free joints to those working on Capitol Hill.

Marijuana smoke-ins, street parties and concerts marked the informal 4/20 pot holiday across the country on Thursday, but police spoiled one cannabis event near the U.S. Capitol with arrests and seizure of joints.

"I'm concerned about what the federal government's going do", Donlan said.

To commemorate the occasion, advocates for legalized pot handed out free joints to congressional staffers and reporters on Capitol Hill.

The event will be on a city street, where it is legal to possess the joints. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Three were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and four were charged with possession, said Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police.

The joint giveaway was organized by local pot advocacy group DCMJ, which has engaged in similar events in the past.

The #JointSession event, according to DCMJ, was an effort to lobby members of Congress to encourage House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment which prohibits the Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration from using funds to "interfere" with D.C. and state medical cannabis laws.

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". Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reiterated this week that possessing marijuana is against federal law. 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.

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