Marijuana legalization heads toward the ballot


Adam Eidinger and staffers with the D.C. Cannabis Campaign show off stacks of collected signatures to legalize marijuana. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Rep. Andy Harris be damned, it looks like District residents will vote on legalizing marijuana come Nov. 4. The D.C. Cannabis Campaign delivered some 57,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections Monday — more than double the number needed to put the legalization measure on the ballot. The petitions will be validated in the coming weeks, but backers are now starting to make their case to voters: “The public will see very little change, but the cannabis user will no longer have to live in fear,” said activist Adam Eidinger. But perhaps they should be fearful of Harris, the Maryland GOP congressman whose budget rider could stop the initiative in its tracks if adopted. More from DCistWJLA-TVWTOPWRC-TVWaTimes and WTTG-TV.

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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