Anti-Marijuana Legalization Advocates Launch Campaign Against Initiative 71

On November 4, residents of D.C. will have the opportunity to vote for an initiative that would legalize the possession and home cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. Initiative 71, proposed by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, received more than 57,000 signatures to get on the November ballot, with little to no opposition during the signature-gathering effort. But now, a group has formed to urge District voters to oppose the initiative.

At a press conference outside of the Bible Way Church, the group, called T.I.E. D.C., formally launched their campaign. “T.I.E. D.C. is committed to protecting these communities and the rest of the city from the consequences of legalizing a third recreational drug,” said William Jones, the main organizer of the campaign.

The Post’s editorial board this week urged District voters not to rush to legalize marijuana. “With marijuana already decriminalized, there’s no reason for the District to rush the next step; why not at least give Colorado a bit more time to provide lessons?” the Post wrote. Williams praised the Post’s editorial, adding that “[we]don’t need to legalize a third drug.”

– Read the entire article at DCist.

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