Demonstration Against Anti-Weed Maryland Politician Ends in Altercation

A pro-cannabis protest outside Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris’ office in Washington, D.C. turned into a scuffle Tuesday, according to press and social media reports. Demonstrators reportedly tried to follow Harris into his office, apparently erupting into a shoving match from each side of the door as the congressman tried to hold it closed.

News of the altercation first broke on Twitter, when Jennifer Bendery, a senior political reporter for the Huffington Post, wrote on Twitter that an officer from the Capitol Police had told her an altercation had occurred and that Harris had been “assaulted by demonstrators.”

“Another little detail, per Cap Police officer: Harris was trying to hold his office door closed but was not successful. Also the demonstrators were smoking weed,” Bendery added later.

During the protest, Rachel Ramon Donlan, an activist with the group Maryland Marijuana Justice (MDMJ), smoked marijuana in a hallway of the Longworth House Office Building at the U.S. Capitol.  Officers from the Capitol Police then shut down the hallway and later removed Ramone in handcuffs and a wheelchair.

Donlan, of Washington, D.C., and Kristin Furnish from Salisbury, Maryland were charged with possession and consumption of marijuana in a public space, according to Capitol Police.

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