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Charges dropped against man in pot giveaway near US Capitol

August 17, 2017 08:29 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. attorney's office says charges have been dropped against a man who was one of eight protesters arrested during a marijuana giveaway near the U.S. Capitol in April.

The Washington Post reports the charges were dropped Monday after the Drug Enforcement Administration determined Adam Eidinger been carrying less than 2 ounces (57 grams) of pot, the legal limit in Washington, April 20. Eidinger led the ballot initiative that made pot legal in Washington.

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Attorney's office spokesman Bill Miller confirmed the charges were dropped.

Eidinger's attorney, Mark Goldstone, says it was "bogus" from the beginning as it took months to decide Eidinger had less than 2 ounces.

Authorities say Eidinger's trial Sept. 11 is for charges from another protest when activists more clearly violated federal law smoking marijuana on federal property.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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