After a long effort to qualify
a medical marijuana initiative for the District of Columbia ballot, ACTUP
DC has succeeded. The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics today certified
I-59 for the ballot.
Organizers of I-59 had turned
in 32,000 signatures in support of the measure in July, but almost half
of the signatures were dismissed after the election board cited problems
with the affidavit of a person who circulated the petition. On September
3rd, Superior Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle ruled that the election board
was wrong to set aside more than 4,600 signatures based on a "harmless"
Wayne Turner of ACTUP was
stunned by the decision. He told The Week Online, "Getting on the
ballot was a monumental achievement. This has been grassroots politics
at its finest." The campaign to legalize the possession, use, cultivation
and distribution of marijuana for medical if recommended by a physician
will begin on September 15. "We have seven weeks to get the word
out and get our people to the polls." I-59 and its predecessor, I-57,
were originally sponsored by Steve Michael, who passed away from complications
resulting from AIDS early this summer.
Persons interested in volunteering
with the I-59 campaign can call (202) 547-9404 or e-mail [email protected].
Further information is available at http://www.actupdc.org.
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Issue #59, 9/18/98
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