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Dozens of supporters rallied on the steps of the District of Colombia City Council building on Tuesday, Dec. 17th in support of Measure 62, the treatment instead of incarceration initiative passed by 78 percent of Washington, DC voters. Measure 62 provides substance abuse treatment instead of conviction or imprisonment to eligible non-violent defendants charged with illegal possession or use of drugs, except those classified as Schedule I drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Supporters urged the Council to support Measure 62, called on Mayor Anthony Williams to drop his lawsuit against the measure, and made a dramatic entrance into the open council meeting where Measure 62 was being discussed. The rally was covered by The Washington Post and the local ABC affiliate.

The City Council voted to fulfill the will of the voters by transmitting Measure 62 to Congress, which is the next step in the process to turn the will of DC voters into law. Although the City Council amended the measure to state that it canít be implemented until after DCís 2003 budget cycle, this decision was largely a financial matter. The provision contains a sunset clause and is no major roadblock since the Measure was not supposed to take effect until the end of next year anyway. Measure 62 supporters received what theyíve wanted all along: a commitment from Councilmembers to lobby to provide the city with the $1.6 million a year needed to fund it, money the federal government will more than save by reducing criminal justice costs. Chairperson Linda Cropp, who drafted the provision amending Measure 62, declared her full support for the measure and promised to work with Measure 62 supporters take the fight to Congress.

Visit http://www.dcmeasure62.org to learn more about Measure 62.

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