A group has formed to combat the legalization of marijuana in the District, an issue residents will vote on this fall.
“Two. Is. Enough. D.C.” is “a movement by a diverse group of Washingtonians” to fight “the scourge of a third legal recreational drug” alongside alcohol and tobacco in the District, founder Will Jones III announced at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Standing outside Bible Way Church in Northwest Washington with an assortment of local politicians and activists, Jones said his organization would campaign against legalization with billboards, ads on Metro, videos, signs, leaflets and community events. In front of banners that juxtaposed joints against high school diplomas and the Washington Monument, Jones challenged Adam Eidinger, campaign chairman for the pro-legalization D.C. Cannabis Campaign, to a public debate.
Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana was decriminalized in the District in July and is now subject to a $25 fine. On Nov. 4, city residents will decide whether to go a step further and legalize the drug.
The most high-profile speaker at Wednesday’s news conference was former congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I), who once crashed his convertible into a concrete barrier at the Capitol while under the influence of prescription drugs. He has since made addiction and mental illness treatment a personal cause, and since retiring from Congress in 2012, he has become an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization. Kennedy chairs Project SAM, a national organization formed to combat legalization measures across the country.
If pot is made legal, Kennedy warned, vulnerable youths will be “targeted by some slick Madison Avenue advertising firm that wants them to use legalized marijuana. It’s a green light for people thinking that it’s okay for commercial enterprises to make money off the suffering and mental illness of young people.”
Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commission representative Kathy Henderson warned that “this poison” would make D.C. communities unsafe for senior citizens.
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