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High times at the White House as pot activists light up

Published 03/04/2016

Demonstrators outside the White House demand the legalisation of marijuana (AP)
Demonstrators outside the White House demand the legalisation of marijuana (AP)
Demonstrators outside the White House demand the legalisation of marijuana (AP)

Activists smoked marijuana outside the White House as they claimed that the drug should not be considered dangerous.

Protesters had planned to display a 51ft inflatable "joint" at their demonstration, but organiser Adam Eidinger said the Secret Service would not allow it, citing security concerns.

Possession of up to 2oz of pot is legal in the US capital, but smoking in public is illegal. However US Park Police Sgt Anna Rose said her agency made no arrests.

Mr Eidinger said police "were very respectful".

Protest organisers say President Barack Obama should remove pot from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances, which includes heroin and other addictive drugs.

Mr Obama has maintained that pot advocates should try to lobby Congress to pass a bill reclassifying the drug.

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