Calling upon the federal government to reschedule marijuana, activists with the group DC Marijuana Justice staged a smoke-in on United States Capitol grounds on April 24, 2017, and some were subsequently arrested by United States Capitol Police for possession.
This marks the second protest organized by the group in less than a week. During the first protest, which coincided with the annual 4/20 holiday, organizers lined the sidewalk outside of the Capitol and distributed joints to Capitol Hill staffers over the age of 21.
Despite technically falling under the jurisdiction of the District, United States Capitol Police nonetheless arrested five people for marijuana possession and three with intent to distribute. Speaking with CNN, DCMJ co-founder Nikolas Schiller called the arrests “politically motivated.”
According to the Washington Times, approximately 20-30 people showed up to the smoke-in, many of whom were waving flags and wearing clothing with marijuana leaves.
Unlike the first protest, the second protest actually took place on the Capitol steps, making the act a crime under federal law. As with the first protest, USCP quickly moved to arrest the protesters, charging four people, including DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger, with possession of marijuana.