Campaign To Legalize Marijuana in D.C. 
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Campaign To Legalize Marijuana in D.C. 
Posted by CN Staff on September 15, 2014 at 05:44:56 PT
 By Aaron Davis
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters. The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it.The simple message that voters will continue to see on bright-red posters for Initiative 71 remains the same: “Legalize.” In smaller text, there will now be two more ideas: “Vote to refocus police priorities” and “legalization ends discrimination.”
Eidinger said the police line hints at an idea that resonated with 57,000 voters who signed petitions to put the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot: “The one thing that really turns people is the idea that police can be doing more important things,” Eidinger said. “‘Refocus police priorities’ is a nice way of saying ‘get the police off our back.’”And the second one, “legalization ends discrimination,” is a reference to the civil rights and civil liberties studies that helped prompt the D.C. Council this year to decriminalize, limiting tickets for possession of small amounts to $25. The studies found that D.C. police had among the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the country and that African Americans accounted for eight out of 10 arrests. Initiative 71 would go beyond decriminalizing marijuana. It would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and to cultivate a small number of marijuana plants at home. Marijuana could also be freely passed to others without an exchange of money.To not directly contradict federal drug laws that could have kept the measure off the ballot in the District, the initiative leaves it up to the D.C. Council and mayor to develop a system to legalize the sale and tax of the plant, potentially putting D.C. behind Colorado and Washington as the third to do so.A Washington Post poll taken early this year suggested that the measure has a good chance. Respondents said they supported legalization by a margin of almost 2 to 1, much more than the slim majority nationwide that supports it.Eidinger said the group decided to leave “Legalize” as the main message because of its simplicity.“I still think there are a lot of people in this city who don’t understand what this is about. . . . You don’t even have to get into the specifics; that just confuses people. “‘Legalize,’ there are so many ideas of what that’s about,” Eidinger said, “it’s easier not to be specific.”Aaron Davis covers D.C. government and politics for The Post and wants to hear your story about how D.C. works — or how it doesn’t.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Aaron DavisPublished: September 15, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by runruff on September 17, 2014 at 10:21:20 PT
A return to the Halls of Ha Ha...
DEA shoots himself in the foot!-
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Comment #3 posted by potpal on September 15, 2014 at 19:42:16 PT
Big domino
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on September 15, 2014 at 10:10:24 PT
This DC vote is very exciting and historic - it will probably be the highest vote percentage for legalization of any US state or territory.  Because of the urban nature of the district, the approval rate should be high.I love the way it's written - establishing the right to posess and grow your own as a fundamental right. 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on September 15, 2014 at 08:57:12 PT
The DEA shoots self in foot!
We all have seen the human robot on YouTube dressed up like a ninja, shoot himself in the foot, right? this is a perfect metaphor for the entire 42 year career of the DEA.By being more stupid about drugs than the populace they are sworn to protect, they lose respect.For being obviously vindictive toward anyone who opposes them, they gain contempt.While being so cavalier with public budgets and captured private funds, They show their disregard for public opinion. Their many criminal activities having been revealed has lost them credibility.Their leader appearing before congress with less knowledge than a "Dare Graduate" was appalling to watch and embarrassing to the American People.Their obvious attacks on people who acted against them such as the attacks on Marc Emery, Jerry Sisson, and others here on C/News. Have stirred the wrath of many.With their bullying and misplaced hubris they have helped to defeat themselves. In the realm of public relations they are as adept as any cop would be, in other words, a joke. Literally, they and the ONDCP have produced some of the most entertaining propaganda since "Duck and Cover"! or that "pot makes white women attracted to black men"! I love this old chestnut, "Pot makes black men step on a white persons shadow"! When leaders spout nonsense such as this it is no wonder they would lose credibility. There is no excuse for racism. So with many working to eliminate the DEA (Devils Evil Army) and with the stupidity of said agency working against them, their days are numbered. P.S. I will work every day to nudge them toward the edge of oblivion until they are gone or I am, either way!
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