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.


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