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Looks like the high times may be over for the Kush God.
Two people allegedly connected to the “donation-based service” have been arrested and charged with distribution of marijuana, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. MPD this morning announced the arrests of Nicholas Cunningham, 30, and Evonne Lidoff, 18, for “a narcotics operation in the areas of 14th and U Street, Northwest and 8th and H Street, Northwest.” The agency seized three vehicles branded with the Kush Gods logo.
Kush Gods’ business model involved giving away edibles such as brownies and gummies without explicitly charging for them. A local grower would apparently provide cannabis and a local chef would manufacture the treats; the Kush God and others would then distribute them from one of the three cars in the fleet, each bearing the hashtag “#HealingTheNation,” and solicit donations.
It’s unclear how profitable the Kush Gods business was. (“People like it, let’s just say that,” the Kush God told DCist in October when asked about his profits.) Under current D.C. law authorized by Initiative 71, a ballot measure approved by a majority of residents last year, one can possess, grow, and even gift small amounts of marijuana in private, but one cannot sell, buy, or smoke it in public. It’s still illegal to possess pot on federal land.
“The law says it’s legal to give [cannabis] away, so [people] donating to the company is just them excited about what’s going on,” a man who identified himself as Nicholas Kushgod recently told FOX5, referring to D.C.’s legal-weed regime that’s caused some confusion among residents about what they can and can’t do. “Best to enjoy them at home. You should still treat it like alcohol. You shouldn’t drink and drive. You shouldn’t smoke and drive.”
Photo via MPD