Pot ‘smoke-in’ on Capitol grounds leads to 4 arrests

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 pot. (WTOP/Kristi King)
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 pot. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Marijuana advocates hold up joints during a prayer opening Monday's event. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Marijuana advocates hold up joints during a prayer opening Monday’s event.

Monday's "Reschedule 420" event included members of DCMJ.org, an organization aiming to change marijuana laws. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Monday’s “Reschedule 420” event included members of DCMJ.org, an organization aiming to change marijuana laws. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Marijuana advocates defiantly consume during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Marijuana advocates defiantly consume during a “Reschedule 420” event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Capitol police officers stand by, ready to arrest, during Monday afternoon's pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police officers stand by, ready to arrest, during Monday afternoon’s pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)

A Capitol police dog stands ready for Monday's pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)
A Capitol police dog stands ready for Monday’s pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a “Reschedule 420” event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a “Reschedule 420” event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

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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 pot. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Marijuana advocates hold up joints during a prayer opening Monday's event. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Monday's "Reschedule 420" event included members of DCMJ.org, an organization aiming to change marijuana laws. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Marijuana advocates defiantly consume during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police officers stand by, ready to arrest, during Monday afternoon's pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)
A Capitol police dog stands ready for Monday's pro-marijuana protest. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)
Capitol police arrest marijuana advocates who defiantly consumed during a "Reschedule 420" event Monday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of legal marijuana say four people have been arrested after consuming 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 pot.

Nikolas Schiller, a co-founder of the group D.C. Marijuana Justice, said 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 said the four were charged with possession, a violation of federal law.

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