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David Catania wants to team up with something that’s more popular than any mayoral candidate.  In a press release sent out last night, Catania urged voters to back Initiative 71, the ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana in the District.

While both Catania and rival Muriel Bowser have said they support the initiative, neither candidate had gone so far as to endorse it until now. Mayoral hopeful Carol Schwartz opposes legalization.

D.C. Cannabis Campaign chairman Adam Eidinger thinks Catania is trying to make clear to pro-marijuana voters that he won’t fight the initiative if he’s elected. Still, Eidinger thinks there’s one way Catania could really help the cause.

“If he’s really that supportive, he should donate to the campaign,” Eidinger says.

Does LL spot an attempt to persuade Initiative 71 supporters to cast a ballot for Catania while they’re at the polls? For shame, says Catania campaign manager Ben Young.

“Not everything has to be crass politics,” Young tells LL.

Bowser’s campaign didn’t respond to a request for comment on whether the candidate will promote Initiative 71.

Graphic via Catania for Mayor