DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The campaigns for and against legalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital are not exactly sophisticated — no targeted robo-calling, no TV commercials, no get-out-the-vote drive.
The Yes side instead papers streetlamp poles with signs that say just “Legalize.” The No side counters with its simple slogan, “Two. Is. Enough. D.C.,” meaning that legal alcohol and tobacco give Washingtonians all the mind-altering substances they need. The head of the No campaign, Will Jones, says he has never smoked pot, doesn’t drink except at weddings and believes marijuana is an expressway to heroin and the like.
The head of the Yes campaign counters with an assurance that weed “is nontoxic and no one has ever overdosed from it.” “Believe me,” said Adam Eidinger, “it would have happened to me by now.”
D.C. voters will be asked Nov. 4 for a simple yes or no on legalizing marijuana, which the city decriminalized this year, replacing arrests and possible jail time with a $25 fine for possession of up to one ounce.