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Federal Medical Marijuana Patient Detained By Washington DC Police


Irv Rosenfeld federal medical marijuana patientFederal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld and the president of the US Marijuana Party William A. Chengelis were involved in separate incidents with Washington, D.C. federal police on Monday that resulted in one arrest.

Greg Pawlowski of Detroit, reporting on behalf of the American Cultivator and Partie T.V., told The Compassion Chronicles that the Chengelis incident stems from the transfer of a medical marijuana candy from Chengelis to a second person while on federal property. Chengilis was arrested and was scheduled for a bond hearing on the 18th.

Russ Belleville wrote on The Weed Blog that the potential penalty for ‘Wayward Bill’ Chengelis as a misdemeanor is a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in federal prison.

Rosenfeld was detained by D.C. police when when he was discovered with his infamous tin of federally- issued marijuana cigarettes. The nationally-known cannabis advocate was released after a few hours without being arrested. He was seated only a few feet away when the police officers cuffed Chengelis, according to Pawlowski.

“We had our Partie T.V. cameras set up. Robert Platshorn had some signage made up that was on display. Everything was fine until a police supervisor came downstairs,” Pawloswki explains. ”She said no cameras, no signs. What started as an interaction with a single officer quickly built to two officers, then five, then seven. At one point we thought that they were going to search every one of the lobby day participants.”

The officers were hovering around Chengelis, who was standing in front of Rosenfeld’s table, when they suddenly closed ranks. After emptying his pockets Chengelis was allegedly found to be in possession of candies made of cannabis and was accused of transferring at least one of them to another person. He was handcuffed on the spot.

“All the cameras had been put away, but the minute they started to put the handcuffs on Wayward Bill a hundred cameras came out and started clicking,” Pawlowski recounts.

Rosenfeld and Chengelis were in Washington D.C. to participate in the Senior Day and Lobby. Originally begun as a lobbying effort by Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the event was expanded when they partnered with Robert Platshorn and his Silver Tour of cannabis-supporting senior citizens. The lobby event was in support of House Bill 1523, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2013.

Irv Rosenfeld is an author and lecturer who tours the country speaking on marijuana-related subjects. Rosenfeld is one of a few people still living that were part of a now-closed federal experimental drug program and as such he receives a tin of medical marijuana cigarettes grown, packaged and issued by the federal government every month.  The tin can be seen in the picture above.

“I was completely moved by the presence of those that really could not afford to participate but did so anyway,” Pawlowski said. “The event was a very positive experience which included interactions with legislators. I personally met with the staff of Gary Peters and Sander Levin and encouraged them to vote to allow participants in state medical marijuana programs to continue to do so without federal interference.”

Look for more information on the D.C. event in the next issue of The American Cultivator.theamericancultivator.com/

Source: The Compassion Chronicles


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  1. Its sad that he is willing to allow people to use synthetic forms of marijuana(which also are under legal attack), more commonly known as spice, versus the real deal.

    Spice is alot worse than weed. Both for you physically and mentally. Also it creates a physical dependency from what i understand(correct me if im wrong) where as marijuana is nothing more than a mental addiction no matter how much you use it.

    guy is a moron.

  2. I’m more than happy to report on that, Bobby. Want to set up an interview time next week, maybe get some pics and vid links to show as well?

  3. johnnygreen

    I’ve been waiting for pictures to come across your Twitter feed :) As well as an e-mail update from you. I didn’t want to report from third parties – I wanted the scoop straight from you!

  4. Robert Platshorn on

    It’s a shame that media in our movement reported on a couple of meaningless incidents and totally ignored the amazing and unique success of joint lobbying by seniors and students. Not to mention, the Silver Tour sponsored Congressional reception that drew a standing room only crowd, to hear a never before seen roster of speakers, like Grover Norquist, Congressman Jared Polis, Neill Franklin and this old convict. Not to mention the warm reception our seniors and student recieved in dozens of Congressional offices.

  5. I did write my state representative BRIAN HILL in Ohio….this is my letter & his response to it:

    I’m writing to urge your support for House Joint Resolution 6, which would allow Ohioans to vote on regulating the adult consumption of marijuana.

    Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.

    The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.

    I encourage you to support House Joint Resolution 6 and let the Ohio voters decide if it is time to regulate marijuana.

    Scott Hill

    State Representative Brian Hill
    97th House District
    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding House Joint Resolution 6, which would put on the ballot the issue of legalizing marijuana here in Ohio. One of my favorite aspects of this job is the amount of feedback I receive when issues like this are proposed by my colleagues. Since its introduction by Representative Robert Hagan, I have heard from many on both sides of the marijuana topic.

    I have always been opposed to the legalization of marijuana, and remain that way now. For those who claim that medicinal marijuana helps to ease their pain and better certain symptoms they suffer from, there already exists on the legal market synthetic forms of marijuana. Legalizing cannabis in Ohio will only open the door to a world of problems that all stem from drug use: crime, introduction to other (more dangerous) drugs, and increased dependence to other drugs just to name a few. I realize that this legislation would leave it up to the citizens of Ohio to decide whether or not to legalize the drug. While I believe in the democratic system, I was elected and sent to Columbus to vote for the great people of the 97th House District on matters like this, no matter the polarizing effects they have on society. Should we, the General Assembly, vote the way the people don’t like, they can always put it up for a referendum vote and overturn our decision.
    I will continue to research the issue and learn everything that I can to cast an informed vote. However, with the drug problem that already exists in and around Muskingum and Guernsey counties, I don’t see at this time how legalizing marijuana use would help in any way.

    I am proud to represent you in Columbus, and my goal is to achieve those things that are best for our district, and for our state. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to write me regarding this issue.

    Have a nice day,

    Brian D. Hill
    State Representative
    97th House District

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  7. Carol Sterritt-Frost on

    I think that people should have the right to have tables with posters, signs etc in an airport. After all, it is Federal and state monies that built the airport! I think it is significant that we don’t have money for schools, libraries and fire districts to be up and operating, and yet we have tons of police to come in and harass people at airports. And that is our tax dollars being used. Don’t mean to rain on your parade, but it is not just your country and nation – it’s everyone’s.

  8. We all need to ask our (representatives); what is going
    on??? I did and funny I have not
    received a response. U.S. war on CANNABIS has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives –
    and for what?

    To: Representative

    The Government has told you and I, that Marijuana is a
    “Schedule one” controlled substance. Substances in this schedule have
    no currently accepted medical use in the United States, a lack of accepted
    safety for use under medical supervision, and a high potential for abuse.

    The government actually holds patents for the medical use of
    the plant.

    Please peruse US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and
    neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as
    represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    I must ask; what is going on??? The U.S. war on Marijuana has cost $1
    trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives – and for what?

    Thank you.

  9. The “hundred” cameras that started going off when they broke out the handcuffs were from lobby day participants who were trying to make a big deal out of something that wasn’t a big deal.

    Yes people were detained because they brought marijuana into the capitol. The story here should be that people were lobbying, not that they got arrested. By writing about the arrests, you’re taking away from what’s important here and you’re drawing attention to the fact that people who were lobbying fucked up. They were there to lobby, not get arrested. The more you push this arrest narrative, the more that this event will be cemented in peoples’ memories as arrests and not a lobby day.

    You’re not doing the movement any favors by putting this out there FYI.

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