House of D.C. pot activist is going up in flames

The Dupont Circle house of a distinguished D.C. marijuana activist was once broken in an unintentional electric fireplace Sunday, government mentioned.

Adam Eidinger, 43, is the top of DCMJ, the activist staff previously referred to as the D.C. Hashish Marketing campaign that lobbied for the legalization of marijuana within the District. He has been arrested greater than 15 instances, together with two instances in April after handing out loose joints close to the Capitol.

On Sunday morning, Eidinger’s rented space within the 2400 block of Massachusetts Street NW, the place he lives along with his female friend and daughter, was once destroyed after fireplace broke out, in step with Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for D.C. Hearth and EMS.

“The hearth was once certainly not associated with his advocacy or his actions,” Maggiolo mentioned. “It was once a regimen unintentional fireplace.” He added: “There was once sufficient injury in the house that I might no longer believe it to be inhabitable.”

In a phone interview, Eidinger mentioned the hearth broke out in his daughter’s bed room and was once associated with an issue along with her mini-fridge.

“We didn’t die,” mentioned Eidinger, whose circle of relatives was once briefly relocated to a Dupont Circle resort paid for by way of insurance coverage. “We had been very fortunate. It will have took place in the midst of the night time. She will have suffocated ahead of I knew there was once a hearth.”

Eidinger, who mentioned different activists had been staying on the space, mentioned he feared arson when he was once first knowledgeable of the hearth by way of a reporter, and was hoping to study within reach surveillance photos. He wasn’t house on the time of the hearth.

“You need to examine this so it doesn’t consume you alive,” he mentioned. “Numerous other people suppose the marijuana legislation isn’t a just right factor.”