Jun 182013
 June 18, 2013
William A. Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill (photo: US Marijuana Party)

William A. Chengelis, aka Wayward Bill (photo: US Marijuana Party)

The president of the US Marijuana Party, William A. Chengelis, better known to marijuana law reformers as Wayward Bill, has been arrested on charges of distribution of a dangerous controlled substance by Washington, DC, federal police, according to reports from Denver’s John Doe Radio.

Tim Martin reports that Chengelis and federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld were initially detained, but Rosenfeld was soon released without arrest.  Chengelis is scheduled for a bond hearing this afternoon on charges of allegedly passing a cannabis-medicated candy to a patient on federal property, according to Martin.

According to NORML, under federal law, “distribution of a small amount of marijuana, for no remuneration, is treated as possession.”  The penalties for first time possession under federal law are a misdemeanor with a possible one year in prison and $1,000 fine.

About Russ Belville

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.
  • RichDream88

    Thoughts and Prayers are with you Bill. Stay Strong!

  • Weedbay Guy

    Bill,thanks for fighting to free the plant. We are behind you100%.

  • kycountry

    Damn Bill, Irvin could have choked on that. Did they bust you for assault? Go bro. peace

  • Vixxis

    What a country! Having compassion for your fellow man gets you arrested.

  • Alex

    Free the leaf bro! Damn the man!

  • http://www.facebook.com/regina.nelson.14 Regina Nelson

    Thoughts are with Bill and Irvin…hoping a NORML lawyer stepped up to help..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cannabis-Patient-Network/255034017945223?ref=hl

  • John Heide

    D.C. medical zone am I right

  • http://Overgrow.ning.com/ ElectroPig Von FökkenGrüven

    Get the point yet, folks? REPEAL cannabis prohibition, and let’s put this idiocy behind us once and for all!

  • Jeremy David Acton

    Sending you good wishes and strength for your challenging situation, Bill, all the way from South Africa.

  • Lastrealindian

    The “HYPOCRIT AND CHIEF” NEVER WANTED MARIJUANA “RE-LEGALIZED” (HE LIED…AGAIN) BECAUSE HE WANTS TO TAKE CARE OF MEXICO… BY “FORCING” US TO LIVE UNDER A PURELY “POLITICAL” LAW, WHICH KEEPS THE THE LITTERALLY “THOUSANDS” OF MEMBERS OF THE MEX-DRUG CARTELS WEALTHY BY MONOPOLIZING THE MARKET…I MIGHT ADD THAT I AM SPEAKING OF THE “BLACK MARKET” RUN BY MEXICANS! THINK!!!

  • kristine08

    How did they know it was a cannabis candy? Did they take it and test it?
    These are pitally ass charges, 2 misdemeanors…he will walk with a fine at best. I had 2 felonies and I got 2 years probation and a $500.00 fine, plus the attorney was $500.00. Chill Bill, this is small stuff~

  • leyland austrian

    uh what ?