The leader of an effort to have District residents vote on decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana said Wednesday that he would rework his proposal after the city’s top attorney raised concerns about the measure.
Adam Eidinger, a veteran city activist and the leader of DCMJ 2014 told the D.C. Board of Elections at its monthly meeting that he would withdraw the decriminalization proposal in light of D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan’s objections, presented to the board in an Aug. 27 letter, and resubmit it as a legalization bid.
“This initiative is going to look very different when we resubmit it,” perhaps as soon as this week, Eidinger said.
Discussion of the DCMJ initiative comes as marijuana policy hits the D.C. Council agenda, and marijuana law is likely to emerge as a significant issue in the 2014 mayoral race. As currently written, DCMJ’s initiative would make it a civil violation, rather than a criminal offense, to possess less than two ounces of marijuana or to grow as many as three marijuana plants at a place of residence.