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.
D.C. Police are seeking a gun-wielding man filmed chasing a car in Columbia Heights late last Tuesday.
According to the police report, the victim was attempting to park his car in an alley near the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW around 11:29 p.m. when he spotted a man with a black gun.
When the victim tried to drive away, the suspect chased after him, say police.
In what may have been an attempt to confront his pursuer, the victim then parked near two dumpsters in the alley and stepped out of the car, say police. Upon seeing the victim standing next to his car, the suspect turned around and fled westbound through the alley.
Police did not say whether the victim had a weapon of his own or what may have caused the assailant to flee.
A video released this morning by police appears to show a portion of the incident.
In the video, a man in a white T-shirt can be seen mulling around a parking lot with a small group of people. The video then cuts to the what appears to be the same man chasing after a black car.
The video cuts again to the man in the white T-shirt climbing onto a motorcycle or dirt bike near two dumpsters and driving away. Shortly thereafter, the man returns to the spot near the dumpsters, climbs off the bike and leaves the scene.
The video cuts a third time to a wider shot of the same portion of the alley. The man in the white T-shirt is seen approaching, then fleeing, a car parked just outside of the camera’s view.
Police say they have not yet made any arrests related to the incident.
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Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.
Video via MPD
(Updated: 2:25 p.m.) Five people are injured after a car overturned at the 1100 block of Columbia Road NW around 11:51 a.m. today, say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.
At 12:29 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that five people were transported to a hospital from the scene with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police said the family suffered mild abrasions.
A loose wheel caused the car to collide with a car parked on the left side of the street and overturn, an officer on the scene said.
A tow truck dragged the vehicle away from the block around 1 p.m.
The road reopened around 2:15 p.m.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
Today’s photo, “Columbia Road at Kalorama Park,” was taken by Mike in DC on October 30th. Mike in DC says: “this is where the open air food market relocated to after leaving the small plaza in front of City Bikes.”
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Since March 6, 2009, there have been 3 commercial robberies in the 1700 block of Columbia Road, NW, during the daytime hours. (There were initial reports of a 4th robbery at the Crumbs and Coffee shop , however that was determined not to have been a robbery.) Two of the cases involved a lone suspect and one involved 3 gunmen. I have deployed footbeat and bicycle officers to Columbia Road. In addition, I have reached out to our Special Operations Division to increase traffic enforcement in the area. This will add visibility and deter the criminal element from coming to the area.
From the MPD, via the Third District listserv on Yahoo! Groups:
(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to identify and locate a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery which occurred on Columbia Road, NW.
At approximately 9:05 a.m., on Saturday, January 31, 2009, a lone male reportedly entered C.W. Financial located in the 1700 block of Columbia Road, NW. Once inside the suspect displayed a silver colored handgun and robbed the business of an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the scene.
I am happy to report that the murder that happened in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW earlier this month has been closed with the arrest of a juvenile male. I thank all partners within the community that helped with the closure of this case. In addition I want to thank members of the United States Police for the recovery of key evidence in this crime. I can assure you that we will continue our presence in Columbia Heights Village Apartments. – Edward Delgado