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DC Police Raid Home in Glover Park; 1 Arrested on Drug Charges

D.C. police have raided a home in the Glover Park neighborhood and arrested a man on drug charges as part of a crackdown on marijuana sales.

The raid and arrest occurred Thursday afternoon on the 3800 block of W Street NW, just blocks west of the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Firefighters were called to the house for a possible hazmat situation. They later cleared the scene.

Police hauled evidence out of the house after making the arrest. 

The raid is the latest in a series of crackdowns on people distributing edibles -- which are food made with marijuana -- and oil infused with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

Several people were arrested and charged on Feb. 1 with drug distribution at the Mason Inn on Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park. A week earlier, D.C. police and agents from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Adminisitration arrested 22 people at vending events at two downtown D.C. clubs.

"These people are just trying to make a living, and they're not bad people," marijuana activist Adam Eidinger previously said. "But Congress is blocking D.C. Council from even writing a law that would allow them to do what they're doing."

D.C. police have previously said the enforcement action on the vending events occurred because of citizen complaints.

A D.C. law legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect in February 2015. People age 21 and older can legally possess as much as 2 ounces and give 1 ounce or less to someone else, as long as no money, goods or services are exchanged.

But it remains a crime in D.C. for anyone to sell pot or use it in public.

A number of businesses skirt the law against selling marijuana by selling customers items and then giving them marijuana as a "gift."

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