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D.C. Board of Elections approves marijuana legalization initiative, petition drive to kickoff in April

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March 12, 2014

By Josh Altic

Despite filing its initiative on January 10, 2014, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign (DCMJ 2014) had to wait until March 11, 2014, for final approval from the D.C. Board of Elections.[1] Delays were largely caused by D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan, who strongly opposes the initiative, advising the board that the initiative would violate federal law and urging the board members to reject it. The proposed law, if approved by voters, would make legal the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three marijuana plants by anyone 21 or older. Although the initiative has been approved for circulation, petitioners must wait for officials to hold a public hearing, issue an official ballot title and summary and allow for a ten day waiting period before beginning to gather the approximately 25,000 signatures required to put their measure before voters in November. Eidinger, leader of DCMJ 2014, was hoping for an April 1, 2014, kickoff to the petition drive, with circulators stationed outside of polling places during the city's primary election on that day. Adam Eidinger, however, said, “Now it’s not happening until mid-April—4/20, maybe."[2][3]

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