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.

Tevlin: Legalizing Pot Is This Former Businessman's Passion

MINNESOTA: Randy Quast built a hugely successful trucking company, then sold it and retired at age 37. He didn’t become a political activist until police knocked in his door and arrested him.

Quast had smoked marijuana “very discreetly” for years to control anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I would never have had the business success I did if I didn’t use marijuana,” said Quast. “It calms me down when I need it.”

The day that turned him into an activist, he had bought a quarter pound of pot (an atypically large amount for him) from a young dealer. The dealer saw him put the weed into his safe, and pull out the money to pay him. [Read more…]