Capitol Hemp is back.
The beloved hemp store reopened today at 1770 Columbia Road NW.
Like its previous incarnation — which was raided by D.C. police before shutting down in 2011 — the store will continue to sell “non-drug” products like hemp clothing, hemp oil-infused soap, shelled hemp seeds, and hemp paper prints.
But this time around, store co-owner Adam Eidinger won’t have to mince his words about some of the other products he’s selling.
Thanks to the District’s Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization and cultivation measure that Eidinger’s DC Cannabis Campaign helped pass in February, it’s now perfectly legal for Eidinger to tell his customers he’s selling bongs and vaporizers of the pot-smoking variety.
“This is a free speech zone for cannabis,” he says. “You can call it what it is. You can say ‘I want to get high.'”
Eidinger says he also plans to sell home marijuana cultivation kits at “barely above cost, more of a community service.”
The store will host a grand opening event on Wednesday with free hemp gelato for attendees at noon.
Borderstan reporter Jared Holt also contributed to this article.