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D.C. activists say that if Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland wants to screw with D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law, he should run for D.C. Council so he can more properly do so. In June, the congressman tacked an unrelated spending bill to an amendment that would prevent D.C. from spending any of its money on enforcing its newly enacted marijuana decriminalization law.
Since Harris hasn’t declared his D.C. Council candidacy yet, DC Vote, an organization working to get the District voting representation in Congress, has taken it upon itself to anoint him a D.C. councilmember—-you know, so his new D.C. constituents can screw with him. On Thursday, DC Vote will hold a “DC Councilmember Andy Harris Constituent Service Day” in which D.C. residents deliver their complaints about living in D.C. to the congressman’s office in the Longworth House Office Building.
“DC Residents will deliver their complaints about potholes, rats, building permits, unfair parking tickets – the kind of stuff our real elected officials deal with daily. Be creative!,” the announcement reads. “Feel free to bring props, but keep in mind that firearms, explosives, and other dangerous materials are prohibited.”
Participants are asked to RSVP to the event on July 24 at 11 a.m.
A spokeswoman for Harris did not immediately return a call for comment, but it’s unlikely Harris will find this stunt funny or run for D.C. Council. He recently said in an interview that Congress is D.C.’s local legislature and “if somebody wants voting rights, the Constitution is clear: They go to a state, not the federal enclave, and they have voting rights.”
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