A few months back, we reported on the arrest of “Mr. Kush God,” Nicholas Cunningham and 18-year-old Evonne Lidoff, in Washington, DC, on charges of narcotics trafficking. Setting up shop in the U Street and 14th Street corridor, Adams Morgan and Shaw areas of the District, Cunningham, and hired hands, slung weed edibles, such as brownies and gummies from luxury vehicles (including two Mercedes Benzes) wrapped with his Kush Gods logo. He communicated with custies through his app and text messages. However, Cunningham was sentenced on Monday.
Yes, weed is legal in DC, but there are rules. It is legal for folks 21 and over to possess up to two ounces there and gift another adult with as much as an ounce. However, selling bud is still very much illegal. As reported before, Cunningham, who moved to DC from LA, thought he could circumvent the laws by offering his edibles for a donation. “[Cunningham] says he was accepting donations, which is an incredible assertion for anyone accepting $2,000 worth of donations,” observed Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Barker, according to the NY Times. “These were more than donations when the brownies cost $10.”
Barker was also critical Cunningham’s lack of a vendor’s license, his willingness to sell his products to anyone with cash. He also accused Cunningham of not having a system in place to ensure that children didn’t get their hands on his weed edibles. “This case is about a course of conduct over several months. His actions were brazen, reckless and irresponsible,” said Barker.
The Times reports:
The judge also ordered Cunningham to paint over the marijuana decorations on three vehicles, including a Lexus and a Mercedes, which are currently being held by D.C. police. The judge gave Cunningham 30 days to have the vehicles painted. Otherwise, the vehicles must be moved out of the District and covered.