An Escondido man's dramatic protest in front of the White House landed him behind bars on Monday.
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David Bronner made national headlines on Monday when he barricaded himself inside a steel contraption with 10 pounds of hemp plants, just steps away from the White House.
His brother Mike Bronner told 10News he wants legislators to allow U.S. farmers to grow the plant.
"The point today is to show how ridiculous it is that America is one of the only industrialized countries that still keeps industrial hemp illegal," he said.
The Bronners' grandfather started using hemp oil in Germany in 1948 in his liquid and hand soap called Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. David Bronner now runs the company and last month allowed 10News into the Escondido business. Last year, it raked in $44 million.
Hemp is used in all kinds of products that many may not realize. BMW and Mercedes both use hemp fiber to make their door panels.
The Bronners said hemp and marijuana are not the same.
"Industrial hemp is completely innocuous when it comes to drug content," said Mike Bronner. "The THC is much less. We're talking about the difference between poppy seeds on a bagel and opium poppy."
In Washington, D.C., David Bronner frustrated police when he refused to unlock the cage and come out. He processed hemp plants, made hemp oil and even put it on bread and ate it.
Firefighters eventually had to cut him out of the cage. Police then handcuffed David Bronner and took him to jail.
He was arrested on charges of blocking a public way and distributing marijuana. David Bronner is expected to arraigned and released on Tuesday.
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