7 people arrested in pro-pot demonstration near Capitol

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It was a low point on what was meant to be a "high" day, as a handful of D.C. marijuana activists were arrested for distributing joints Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly recently called marijuana "a potentially unsafe gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs" - a view long held by drug warriors despite scant evidence of its validity.

The state House also has a measure in committee, HB 195, that would amend the grading of possession of a small amount of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a summary offense. More than 70 percent of Americans said they do not think the federal government should block marijuana sales in states that have legalized the drug. Eighty-eight percent favor medical marijuana use, the network reported in a story posted on its website Thursday.

Weed legalization has been a tricky subject for members of both parties as states continue to approve recreational use of the drug.

Despite the trend, it remains a Schedule 1 drug by federal standards.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly recently called marijuana "a potentially unsafe gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs" - a view long held by drug warriors despite scant evidence of its validity.

Activists plan to light up and smoke pot near the Capitol.

Homeland Secretary John Kelly as recently as Sunday on "Meet The Press" said, "Marijuana is not a factor in the drug war".

Beyond medical uses, April Tyburski, assistant director of Lehigh Valley NORML, said recreational legalization would save money on incarceration while boosting tax revenue.

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Aiken NORML is a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Initiative 71 states that no more than two ounces can be possessed (a joint is about 0.02 ounces) and no payment or exchanges can be used to possess the marijuana (the event was a giveaway). And its acceptance has increasingly become a bipartisan issue. "I'm anxious about MA and the states' rights".

Support has come from even the opposite side of the political spectrum, like longtime Trump ally Roger Stone. And under federal law it is illegal to possess pot.

Hillterns, listen up. Leaders of DCMJ, the District's largest marijuana advocacy group known for handing out thousands of free joints on Inauguration Day, will be giving out two free joints to members of Congress, hill staffers, interns, Capitol Hill support staff and credentialed journalists over 21 years old Thursday.

DCMJ had scheduled a "smoke-in" on the Capitol steps on April 24, but Schiller told Fox News he was unsure whether that event would take place as planned.

"Possession of cannabis on the Capitol grounds is not legal".

"Americans don't want a crackdown on legal cannabis - they want Congress to end cannabis prohibition once and for all", the statement said.

"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.

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