Press Release: Capitol Hemp Reopens


Monday, August 3, 2015

ADAM EIDINGER (202)744-2671


Initiative 71 Cleared Way for Retail Sales of Pipes and Vaporizers for Cannabis Use

WASHINGTON, DC — After a three-year hiatus, Capitol Hemp reopened today August 3, 2015 at 1770 Columbia Road, NW in the heart of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Known for the largest selection of industrial hemp products in the Washington metropolitan area, the reborn Capitol Hemp will continue to sell “non-drug” cannabis consumer favorites like Hemp Hoodlamb clothing, hemp oil-infused Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, delicious shelled hemp seed from Nutiva, hemp paper prints by Capitol Hill artist Mike Flugennock, as well as maintain the largest selection of American-made artisan glass bongs, pipes and vaporizers in the DMV region.

“Capitol Hemp’s re-opening is a major milestone for legalization of businesses that for too long were forced to operate in a gray area of ‘implied intent’ that ultimately allowed the sale of pipes for tobacco but not for cannabis,” says co-owner Adam Eidinger, who along with his partner Alan Amsterdam, proposed Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized the cultivation and possession of marijuana and, more importantly, also legalized the sale of bongs in the District of Columbia.

“Our store will finally be a cannabis free speech zone where bongs, weed pipes, and other common terms are now acceptable nouns to say out loud under the law,” says Eidinger. “People are tired of legal games and just want the whole marijuana thing legal. Our re-opening is the tangible realization the war on marijuana users is over in DC,” explains Eidinger.

Aside from American-made glass pipes, hemp clothing, hemp-based body care products, and delicious hemp foods, Capitol Hemp will sell a home cultivation kit that will allow adults to grow cannabis inside their homes in compliance with Ballot Initiative 71.

Capitol Hemp will not sell THC-containing marijuana buds or concentrates because Ballot Initiative 71 did not legalize adult sales of marijuana although medical marijuana in DC is sold lawfully at three medical dispensaries to more than 4,000 patients.


Capitol Hemp will be open 7 days a week:
—Sunday & Monday: 11am to 6:00pm
—Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 12 noon to 9:00pm
—Friday & Saturday: 12 noon to 10pm


Born out of the successful lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration to allow industrial hemp to be legally sold in America, co-owners Adam Eidinger and Alan Amsterdam, with the support of the Hemp Industry Association and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, opened the first Capitol Hemp store open on April 20, 2008 in the basement of 1802 Adams Mill Road, NW.

Over the next four years, Capitol Hemp became the Washington metropolitan area’s leading retailer of all products made of industrial hemp. In 2010, after the success of Capitol Hemp’s Adams Morgan store, a second Capitol Hemp store in Chinatown was opened. Unfortunately for hemp enthusiasts, the stores were simultaneously raided by the Metropolitan Police Department on the evening of October 26, 2011 under the false premise that Capitol Hemp was selling marijuana and illegal paraphernalia. Due to a plea agreement with prosecutors to avoid prosecution, both Capitol Hemp stores were forced to close a year later in the fall of 2012. At the time, many products sold lawfully throughout the District of Columbia could have been used to consume cannabis, but the sale of the product only became illegal if the vendor explicitly knew the product was going to be used in violation of the law. Capitol Hemp operated a zero-tolerance policy towards the sale of paraphernalia for illicit use. Under the terms of the plea, the owners never admitted guilt, and, after winning the fight to change the law, they are very proud to be lawfully operating a business in the District of Columbia once again.


The original Capitol Hemp stores were co-owned by Adam Eidinger and Alan Amsterdam. The new Capitol Hemp is owned by additional co-owner, attorney Matthew von Fricken, who joined in the Spring of 2015 and is a founding partner in The Noon Store in Silver Spring, MD along with Amsterdam and Eidinger who recently join the ownership group.

During the nearly three years that Capitol Hemp was closed, co-owner Adam Eidinger founded the DC Cannabis Campaign, which introduced and passed Ballot Initiative 71 in Washington, DC. Ballot Initiative 71 allows adults in the District of Columbia to legally possess up to two ounces of cannabis outside their home, give up to an ounce of cannabis to other adults, and grow up to six cannabis plants at home. More importantly, Ballot Initiative 71 allows retailers in the District of Columbia to sell products that can be explicitly used for the consumption, processing, and cultivation of cannabis.


Just as jalapeños and bell peppers are both botanically known as Capsicum annum, industrial hemp and marijuana are both botanically known as Cannabis sativa. While jalapeños are spicy and bell peppers are not, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3% THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive chemical found in Cannabis sativa) and marijuana contains up to 30% THC. Industrial hemp is legal to be imported into America and since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, states have the authority to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. Soon Capitol Hemp will begin to sell products made with industrial hemp grown in America!

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