DC protestors stage 4/20 pot 'smoke-in' outside U.S. Capitol

A group of marijuana legalization supporters staged a 4/20 pot "smoke-in" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington Monday afternoon. Activists planned to chain themselves to a "liberty pole" in front of the Capitol to demand equality. 

The protest was organized by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the organization that also spearheaded efforts to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia. 

In a nearly week-long vigil that started Wednesday, city activists decry Congressional meddling into local D.C. affairs. The activists decided to start the around-the-clock protest on April 15-- Tax Day-- because, as the city's license plates say, the District has "taxation without representation." They chose to end the protest today, April 20, or 4/20-- which is code for smoking pot. 

They came, they saw, and they smoked-- and the police? Well, they never showed up. Even though recreational marijuana smoking was legalized in the District earlier this year, it's still illegal to smoke it outdoors and on federal property-- like the National Mall. 

But that's exactly what protestors did, saying they were lighting up and standing up for their Constitutional rights. 

Last Wednesday, protestors put up the 42-foot "D.C. Liberty Pole" at 3rd Street on the National Mall near the Capitol. The group says they did so to call attention to the lack of equality for the 650,000 U.S. citizens that live in D.C.  

Congress isn't finished with the issue yet. The House Oversight Committee is expected to vote on what's called a "resolution of disapproval" on Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m., ordering the District to stop legalization of marijuana. Some protestors at Monday's event said they would be there to express their disapproval of Congress. 

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