Coalition Seeking DC Election Results Grows 12/4/98

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Nine organizations, including the Washington, DC chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Republican National African-American Council, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and the Libertarian National Committee have all filed "friend of the court" briefs in support of the DC government and ACTUP DC's lawsuit seeking the release of the results of the DC Medical Marijuana, Initiative 59. The results of the election have been kept secret in the wake of language added to the DC appropriations bill by Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) forbidding the District from spending any money on any initiative which would reduce, in any way, penalties for marijuana possession or use.

The growing coalition of supporters is evidence, say activists, of the federal government's inept handling of everything having to do with medicinal marijuana. Robert Kampia, director of governmental relations for the Marijuana Policy Project told The Week Online, "The federal government blesses us with new allies every time it rears its fascist head on this issue. Groups like the League of Women Voters were probably wholly unaware of the issues involved in medical marijuana until the feds decided to try to quash the results of a democratic election. Even the Washington Post, which has been notoriously bad in its coverage of this issue, has devoted an editorial as well as serious news space to medical marijuana in the wake of the Barr amendment.

"Congress is so beside itself on this issue, so eager to make sure that sick people go to prison for their personal medical choices," said Kampia, "that they are willing to run roughshod over the constitution in an effort to impose their will. The elections proved, however, that their will and the people's will are two entirely different things. We can only thank them for their absolute irrationality. It has given activists the opportunity to involve and to educate a much broader range of concerned citizens and organizations."

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