In November, 70 percent of voters legalized marijuana in Washington D.C. by way of democratic election, and now some members of the United States government are hoping to overturn the majority vote. Do you wish to help defend the voter approved initiative?
The Drug Policy Alliance wants to make it simple for you to send a letter to Congress to voice your opinion. Click here to send your letter now. You will be required to enter personal information including your full name, email address, home address and phone number.
The automated, personalized letter, courtesy of the Drug Policy Alliance, will read:
I’m writing to strongly urge you not to overturn Washington, DC’s marijuana legalization initiative as part of the omnibus spending bill. That initiative was approved by 70% percent of DC voters – overturning it is profoundly undemocratic. And the symbolism of overturning an election in the capital of our great nation will not be lost on the American people.
The DC initiative was written and passed to reduce massive racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Overturning a racial justice oriented initiative approved by voters in a majority black city will send a very clear message to this nation and the world that you have no commitment to equality and justice. The D.C. Council decriminalized marijuana earlier this year in an effort to address the racial injustice in marijuana enforcement, however it has become clear that under decriminalization 77% of the tickets for marijuana possession have been written in low income communities of color. This is in effect a tax on the poor and that is not right.
DC, like other jurisdictions, should be allowed to conduct its own affairs including setting its own marijuana policies.
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At this point, this is no longer just a marijuana policy reform issue. It is an issue of freedom and democracy. What kind of a precedence does it set if the government is easily able to overturn legislation approved by the majority vote?
Its like Bob said, “Get up. Stand up. Stand up for your rights.”
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