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

I am the executive director of 420RADIO.org and host / producer of The Russ Belville Show - The Independent Voice of the Marijuana Nation at http://radicalruss.com - live from Portland, Oregon. I was the winner of The Search for the Next Great Progressive Talk Radio Star and a former host on XM Satellite Radio and Portland's AM 620 KPOJ. I was the Outreach Coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws from 2008-2012, which included lecturing all across America on marijuana legalization, writing political analysis for HIGH TIMES Magazine, and producing over 1,000 hours of video content for The NORML Network.
  • 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 ?