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DC hemp shop closing after police raid

Saturday - 9/8/2012, 1:42pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A hemp shop in the District of Columbia is shutting its doors after a police raid last year in which employees were arrested and drug paraphernalia seized.

Capitol Hemp's last day of business was Friday. It has operated in the city's Adams Morgan neighborhood for the last four years.

Police raided the business's Chinatown location last October, arresting six employees and seizing $350,000 worth of glassware that can be used for smoking marijuana. Authorities said the sales violated D.C.'s drug paraphernalia laws.

Alan Amsterdam and business partner Adam Eidinger agreed to close all their D.C. shops as part of a deal with authorities to avoid prosecution. Amsterdam tells The Washington Post that the business has "been legal" and that they had paid taxes and obtained the necessary permits.


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