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Marijuana advocates vow to smoke pot and get arrested on steps of U.S. Capitol - Source Washington post

Posted on Apr 19,2017
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,

Adam Eidinger smiles while legally smoking a joint inside his D.C. home in 2015. Eidinger said he is prepared to be arrested Monday to protest Congress blocking D.C. from allowing legal sales of pot in the nation’s capital. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

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By Aaron C. Davis

Dozens of activists, including some military veterans, plan to light joints Monday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol — federal land where committing the offense could draw a sentence of up to a year in jail — as part of an effort to urge a reluctant Congress to support marijuana legalization.

“Monday @ High Noon” reads a flier for the event, calling on Congress to also remove marijuana from the nation’s list of most-dangerous drugs. “Mass Civil Disobedience @ 4:20p — East Side of the US Capitol.”

Activists for the cause have flirted with arrest before, including smoking near the White House when President Obama was in office. But the April 24 event marks the first time activists plan to light up squarely on federal land — and against the backdrop of the U.S. Capitol dome, where the image may be hard for federal authorities to ignore.

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