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WIRE: Washington D.C. council candidates to participate in marijuana policy forum this Wednesday

WASHINGTON — Candidates running for D.C. Council in the June 14 Democratic Primary Election will participate in a community forum Wednesday evening to answer voters’ questions about their positions on local marijuana policy issues and discuss their ideas for improvements.

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The forum, hosted by the Marijuana Policy Project and a coalition of D.C.-based marijuana policy reform advocates and organizations, will take place from 7-9 p.m. ET at the Black Cat music venue located at 1811 14th Street NW.

The event will be moderated by Dr. Malik Burnett, resident physician at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and co-chair of the Initiative 71 campaign, who will ask the candidates how they plan to address D.C.’s lack of a regulated system for marijuana cultivation and sales in light of I-71 allowing marijuana to be grown and consumed by adults. Other topics will include the medical marijuana program and the social use ban, which essentially criminalizes the consumption of marijuana outside of a private home. Audience members will also be allowed to submit questions.

“We wanted to ensure that D.C.’s marijuana consumers, patients, and anyone interested in these important issues had an opportunity to find out more about where the council candidates stand,” said Kate Bell, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project. “One of the recent council races was decided by just 78 votes, so people can really have an impact on these races.”

WHAT: Town hall to discuss marijuana policy in the District of Columbia
WHEN: Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET
WHERE: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
WHO: D.C. Council Democratic Primary Candidates
Dr. Malik Burnett, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Representatives of Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, and DCMJ

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visithttp://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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