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Advocates Press For Marijuana Legalization Measure On D.C. Ballot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The District should set aside the warnings of its attorney general and let voters decide whether they want to legalize marijuana possession in the nation’s capital, advocates for the measure argued Tuesday before the D.C. Board of Elections.

The band of marijuana advocates is seeking to make the District one of the first East Coast cities to legalize marijuana possession. If it successfully gets the measure on the November ballot, legalization has a strong chance of being approved, according to a recent Washington Post poll, and it could hasten the arrival in Washington of a debate that has simmered mostly in Western states.

Last week, D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan urged the Elections Board to reject the proposed ballot initiative, saying it would put at least one aspect of D.C. law in conflict with federal law.

D.C. Attorney General Says Marijuana Legalization Referendum Would Violate Federal Law

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A proposed initiative to legalize possession of marijuana in the District should not be allowed on the November ballot because it violates federal law, the city’s attorney general wrote in an opinion issued to the Board of Elections.

The opinion comes ahead of a scheduled Tuesday hearing during which the elections board will decide whether the initiative passes legal muster and can be put to a vote by D.C. residents.

In a letter sent to Board of Elections General Counsel Kenneth McGhie, Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan wrote that the initiative violates federal law because it would ban public housing facilities from stating in lease agreements that tenants can be evicted for drug-related criminal activity.