Barr-ing Democracy...House Reinstates Ban On MMJ

Barr-ing Democracy...House Reinstates Ban On MMJ
Posted by FoM on July 30, 1999 at 10:17:23 PT
NORML Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
July 29, 1999, Washington, D.C.: The House approved by a voice vote an amendment to the D.C. Appropriations bill today that reinstates a controversial provision barring the D.C. Board of Elections from implementing last November's medical marijuana initiative.
   "Congress is holding democracy hostage and contributing to the needless suffering of seriously ill District residents who could benefit from legal medical marijuana," NORML Executive Director R. Keith Stroup, Esq. said.   The amendment, introduced by Georgia Rep. Bob Barr (R) prohibits D.C. officials from spending any funds "to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution" of marijuana. The resolution is aimed at preventing District officials from implementing the District's yet uncounted vote on Initiative 59, which would legalize the use of medical marijuana under a doctor's supervision.   Congress approved legislation last year barring D.C. officials from counting the results of the I-59 vote. Barr's new amendment differs from his previous one, which will expire on October 1, because it allows officials to tabulate the vote, but not enact it.Exit polls indicate that nearly 70 percent of District voters approved I-57.For more information, please contact:Keith Stroup   NORML   (202) 483-5500. Rejects D.C. Marijuana, Needle Efforts - 7/30/99
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