Four People Arrested For Smoking Marijuana On Capitol Hill

Supporters of legal marijuana say four people have been arrested after smoking marijuana on the U.S. Capitol grounds.

Monday’s “smoke-in” was intended as an act of civil disobedience. Those lighting up want pot to be legalized nationwide and for the federal government not to interfere with states that already have legal marijuana.

Nikolas Schiller, a co-founder of the group D.C. Marijuana Justice, says two men and two women were arrested by U.S. Capitol police shortly after they started smoking on Monday afternoon.

Those arrested included Adam Eidinger, the group’s other co-founder. Eidinger also was arrested with seven others Thursday during a pot giveaway near the Capitol.

Capitol police spokeswoman Eva Malecki says the four were charged with possession, a violation of federal law.

It wasn’t clear whether they had attorneys.

Banner image: Rachel Ramone Donlan, center, is arrested by Capitol Hill police for smoking marijuana during a pro-legalization rally April 24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon/The Associated Press)

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