Marijuana

4 Arrests After Pot ‘Smoke In’ on Capitol Lawn

Four Arrested for Marijuana Use Near Capitol
DCMJ lead second demonstration in a week that led to arrests

Police made four arrests when marijuana legalization advocates took out joints and edibles and used them on federal land during a DCMJ demonstration Monday.

The group led its #Reschedule420 smoke-in days after seven were arrested while handing out marijuana to congressional staffers on Thursday in honor of 420, also known as National Weed Day.

Word on the Hill: Welcome Back
Your social calendar for the week

Congress is returning from recess to the same controversies it left two weeks ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The two-week April recess is over and members are slowly returning to Capitol Hill today and tomorrow.

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this weekend will dominate the week’s social scene, with parties beginning on Thursday and the main event on Saturday night.

Photos of the Recess: A Tax Protest, Special Election and 4/20 Event
The weeks of April 10 and April 17 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

A Hill staffer reads a book during the lunch hour on the East Lawn of the Capitol on April 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Warm weather punctuated the spring recess in Washington. As congressmen took two weeks back home in their states and districts, some Hill staffers were able to enjoy the sun on lunch breaks and head early to happy hours.

But it wasn't all that quiet on the congressional front. A Tax March on Saturday, April 15 brought protesters to Capitol Hill to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. CQ Roll Call hit the road to Atlanta for the special election to fill Tom Price's seat. And back in Washington, the recess neared its end as a 4/20 event resulted in seven arrests for marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute near the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Bummer on Capitol Hill: Seven Arrested at 4/20 Event
 

Seven people at a pro-marijuana legalization event outside the Dirksen Office Building were arrested on Thursday, three on possession with intent to distribute and four with possession. The event participants were giving out free joints to congressional staffers and believed they were on D.C. land where possession of marijuana is legal. Roll Call’s Heard on the Hill reporter Alex Gangitano was on the scene.

Seven Arrested During Marijuana Handout to Hill Staffers
DCMJ hosted its first ever #JointSession in honor of 4/20

Volunteers with the DCMJ 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. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

What was intended as a lawful handout of marijuana joints to Capitol Hill staffers on 4/20, also known as National Weed Day, ended in seven arrests.

The handout was organized by DCMJ and was entitled the first annual #JointSession on Thursday. Seven volunteers with the organization were arrested while distributing joints from a large bag. Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, was of those arrested.

Word on the Hill: 4/20
Professional development opportunities today

Pro-marijuana advocates rally near the White House in April 2016, with some carrying a 51-foot inflated marijuana joint. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

DCMJ is hosting its first ever cannabis giveaway today, also known as a #JointSession, in honor of 4/20 or as some consider it, National Weed Day.

All members of Congress, staffers, journalists, support staff, and interns are invited to get a free joint starting at “high noon” at the corner of First St. and Constitution Ave. NE. You just need to be 21 years old or older and present a valid congressional ID.

Word on the Hill: Another D.C. Easter Egg Roll
The art competition is coming back

Celebrate Easter with the Washington Nationals this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is no longer the only game in town.

The Washington Nationals are hosting their first-ever Easter Egg Hunt at Nationals Park on Sunday. It will take place on the field after the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 p.m.

Cohen Says Kushner Will Determine Trump’s Kush Policy
Tennessee Democrat thinks president’s son-in-law and daughter will moderate his marijuana views

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, right, says Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump will have their say on President Donald Trump’s marijuana policy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Cohen says it is likely that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law will determine the president’s policy on marijuana.

“It comes down to WWJD — What would Jared do?” the Tennessee Democrat told The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.

Toppling Cruz Will be a Tall Order for O’Rourke
But supporters call him a ‘giant slayer’

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, left, gained national attention when he and Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd livestreamed their road trip from their home state to Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic challenger to Sen. Ted Cruz in what will be an uphill fight between the possibility of a primary to toppling a conservative hero in a deep red state.

In announcing his candidacy in his hometown of El Paso, O’Rourke said the incumbent was putting his own interests ahead of his constituents, saying he would be “a senator who is not using this position of responsibility and power to serve his own interest, to run for president, to shut down the government,” and said the state needed “a senator who is working full-time for Texas.”