DCist: Marijuana Activists Hoping D.C. Won’t Leave Legalization Effort High And Dry

Photo by Matt Cohen, DCist
“I have to say, I’m a little nervous,” Adam Eidinger admits. “Based on the stack I saw downstairs, that’s under 2,000 signatures.” It’s Memorial Day and Eidinger, the chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, is fretting over the amount of signatures his petitioners have turned in for the week. His goal is to have at least 10,000 signatures by day’s end in order to be on pace with the July 7th deadline to collect at least 22,373.

For the past several years, Eidinger and what’s now known as the Cannabis Campaign have been working diligently to get marijuana legalized in the District of Columbia. In January, they introduced a ballot initiative to legalize the possession and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. After some delay from the Board of Elections, the ballot initiative was approved and the group started collecting signatures on April 23, several months after they hoped to begin.

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SOURCE: Matt Cohen, DCist.com

NBC Washington: Campaign to Legalize Home Marijuana in D.C. Hits Hurdles

Source: Tom Sherwood, NBC Washington

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* The DC Cannabis Campaign does not want people to think Adam Eidinger’s comment at the end of the article is reflective of everyone working on the campaign. He has apologized for his remarks.

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DC Board of Elections Approves Ballot Initiative Language

Today we received word from the DC Board of Elections that our ballot initiative has been approved!

SO WHAT IS NEXT? According to Section 1002 of the DC Elections Laws, the Board of Elections now has up to 20 calendar days to create a summary of the initiative, a short title of the initiative, and amend the initiative to conform to any laws that were passed since we submitted the initiative back in January. Once completed, the Board of Elections has 5 more days to notify the DC Cannabis Campaign of any changes and then submit the finalized ballot initiative to the DC Register for publication. Finally, once published in the DC Register, the public has 10 days to challenge the summary, short title, or the legislative form of the ballot initiative. After the expiration of the challenge period, the Board of Elections will issue the DC Cannabis Campaign the nominating petitions, and we’ll have until July 7 to collect more than 25,000 valid signatures from DC voters.

We hope the Board of Elections will work quickly to finalize the ballot initiative so we can start collecting signatures as soon as possible!

Here’s the approval letter from the DC Board of Elections: