(Updated at 1:38 p.m.) An Adams Morgan hemp shop has shut down for now following a water main break that flooded the store.
Capitol Hemp at 1770 Columbia Road NW hasn’t opened since muddy water poured into the shop about 2:30 a.m. yesterday. The store might not start selling at least some of its bongs, vaporizers and hemp products until Wednesday or Thursday, general manager John Brassfield said.
“I received the phone call from Alan Amsterdam, one of our owners, yesterday morning informing me that the store had been flooded,” Brassfield said. “So I put on my shoes and rushed over to the store.”
When marijuana was legalized in the District last year, many people rejoiced, but some with less smoking experience scratched their heads. “Weed is legal, great!” they might have mused. “But how do I grow it? Where do I find it? How do I smoke it?”
Just a few months ago, the answer to many of those questions was “just Google it,” or “I dunno man, go ask Adam at Capitol Hemp.” But the D.C. School of Mary Jane, a new educational business based in Columbia Heights, aims to change all that.
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.
The Adams Morgan hemp shop infamously raided by D.C. Police in 2011 and ultimately closed is coming back to life.
In a tweet sent out yesterday evening, Capitol Hemp announced its triumphant return:
Began the build out today at 1770 Columbia Rd NW . 😏🌴⏳⬆️
— Capitol Hemp (@CapitolHemp) June 9, 2015
According to the shop’s Twitter profile, it will carry “hemp clothing, bags, paper, pipes, vaporizers and more.”
Photos via Twitter.com/CapitolHemp
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We Just Call It “Seeing”
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It’s been a bad week if you were planning on trick-or-treating at stores that sell drug paraphernalia. Earlier in the week, DCist reported that Capitol Hemp’s two locations, in Adams Morgan and in Chinatown, were simultaneously raided by MPD. They later came back and let us know that two more Adams Morgan shops were raided in what police are calling an “ongoing investigation.” Time to put the pipes and bongs away…
Whatever You Do, Save the Books!
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library currently resides at 9th and G Streets NW in a building that is apparently quite expensive to maintain, in part because the original design called for hard-to-find windows. The The Washington Post gives a little bit of background on other ideas about what to do about the library — where to move it to, for instance — but nothing has been decided yet. I’m not giving up the hope that they’ll move it a little north and into Borderstan!
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Both locations of Capitol Hemp were raided on Wednesday night, a move the owner said was politically motivated. DCist has the updates in this unfolding story, but several employees (and a customer) were arrested and thousands of dollars of merch were seized. The laws seem awfully fuzzy about what is allowed and what is illegal regarding drug paraphernalia in DC. The political motivation the owner is referring to, by the way, is not about drugs but his opposition to a boutique hotel that he says has turned neighborhood folks against him.
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