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Emanuel Cleaver Confronted by Pot Protesters (Video)

Protesters shut down Maryland Avenue Northeast. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)
Protesters shut down Maryland Avenue Northeast. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)


The pro-pot group protesting Congress’ intervention into local marijuana policy did not cause an uproar on Capitol grounds Wednesday night, but they did clash with a congressman.  

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, riding with his chief of staff in a black sedan, encountered a few of the most antagonistic individuals on Maryland Avenue Northeast. About two dozen demonstrators, mostly associated with the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, were blocking traffic following a brief protest at the Heritage Foundation’s nearby headquarters.  

When the Missouri Democrat’s car pulled up to the intersection with D Street Northeast, a few protesters refused to let him pass. Cleaver leaned out the passenger side window and yelled that he had “somewhere” to be, but one man waving a “Legalize” flag stood in front of the car.  

“You just raise fucking money, dude,” the man yelled. A second antagonist also taunted Cleaver. “Who you gonna call? Who you gonna call? … That’s right nobody,” they yelled, to inaudible responses from the congressman.  

According to chief of staff John Jones, Cleaver, a supporter of D.C. democracy, was on his way to an appointment. It was not a fundraiser. After about a minute, Jones turned around and drove back in the direction he came from.  

The protesters continued demonstrating into the night.  


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