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They tried to give away joints on Capitol Hill. Police were waiting

21 April 2017, 01:49 | Darin Griffith

They tried to give away joints on Capitol Hill. Police were waiting

UNITED STATES- APRIL 20 Rachel Ramone Donlan left and Collette Cobb are arrested after handing out joints during the 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession pot giveaway to credentialed Hill staff and the media on Constitution Ave. and First St. NE

Possessing up to 2 ounces of pot is legal in Washington, D.C., as long as it's not on federal property.

She said the seven had been arrested after police witnessed them distributing marijuana to passers-by at the intersection of First and Constitution.

Congressional Democrats and Republicans will be given the opportunity to bake out a "Joint Session" of Congress on Thursday, as Americans across the nation celebrate the unofficial weed-smoking holiday known as 4/20.

Volunteers with DCMJ hand out joints during the 1st Annual Congressional Joint Session pot giveaway to credentialed Hill staff and the media near the Capitol on April 20, 2017.

Organizers with DCMJ, a cannabis advocacy group focused on marijuana law in Washington, D.C., will head to Capitol Hill Thursday for a 4/20 demonstration slated to start around noon and extend into the evening.

"Let me be clear about marijuana", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said during a speech at George Washington University on Tuesday. In the District, it is legal to grow and smoke marijuana, but selling it is not allowed.

It's illegal in Colorado to consume marijuana indoors in places considered public. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. Basically anyone with a valid congressional ID can get free weed.

UNITED STATES- APRIL 20 Adam Eidinger of DCMJ left and Elizabeth Croydon hand out joints during the 1st Annual Congressional #JointSession pot giveaway to credentialed Hill staff and the media at Constitution Ave. and First St. NE
Adam Eidinger of DCMJ left and Elizabeth Croydon hand out joints

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

Three individuals were arrested for possession with intent to distribute, while four others were taken for simple possession.

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.

"We're looking at an attorney general who wants to bring America back into the 1980s in terms of drug policy", said Vivian McPeak, a founder of Hempfest in Seattle.

Adam Eidinger, right, of DCMJ, and RachelRamone Donlan, left, are stopped from handing out joints during Thursday's pot giveaway.

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.

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