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US Marijuana Party’s Wayward Bill Arrested In Washington, DC

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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.

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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.