David Bronner locked himself in a metal cage Monday outside the White House with a stash of hemp plants and equipment, hoping to make enough hemp oil to spread on a piece of French bread.
Bronner, CEO and president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, never got to finish the oil-pressing process or to have his usual breakfast.
Metro police and the D.C. fire department used a chainsaw to cut open the steel cage door and arrest him. Bronner was charged with possession of marijuana and blocking passage.
Bronner, whose California-based company uses hemp oil in its soap products, pleaded with President Obama — via microphone — to allow hemp harvesting in the U. S.
Bronner was moved to protest after a recent 28,000-signature petition asking for hemp legalization didn’t get the response he wanted, according to Bronner spokesman Ryan Fletcher.