Pro-marijuana activists demonstrated, protested and smoked pot outside the White House on Saturday to send the message that the drug shouldn't be considered dangerous.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pro-marijuana activists demonstrated, protested and smoked pot outside the White House on Saturday to send the message that the drug shouldn’t be considered dangerous.
The protest took place Saturday afternoon and featured a 51-foot-long inflatable “joint,” but protesters were ordered to fold up the mega joint after Secret Service said it was a security risk.
Organizers say President Barack Obama should remove pot from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances, which includes heroin and other addictive drugs. Obama has maintained that pot advocates should try to lobby Congress to pass a bill reclassifying the drug.
But protest organizers say Obama’s pot policy is hypocritical as he’s admitted to smoking marijuana before he entered politics.
U.S. Park Police Sgt. Anna Rose says her agency made no arrests. Protest organizer Adam Eidinger said police “were very respectful.”
Possession of up to 2 ounces of pot is legal in the nation’s capital, but smoking in public is illegal, which means activists risk getting arrested for lighting up.