DC Officials Count Enough Valid Signatures To Put Psychedelics Decriminalization On Ballot, Activists Say

DC Officials Count Enough Valid Signatures To Put Psychedelics Decriminalization On Ballot, Activists Say

Psychedelics activists in Washington, D.C. have determined by watching officials verify their petitions that they’ve collected enough valid signatures to qualify a measure to decriminalize certain entheogenic substances for the city’s November ballot. While the Board of Elections hasn’t made an official announcement yet, advocates have been observing the validation process since turning in their petitions earlier this month. As of Thursday, they said they crossed the valid signature requirement threshold, with more submissions still left to be counted. The board is expected to formally announce the results of the certification process at an August 5 meeting. The campaign needs 24,712 valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure and they turned in about 35,000 raw submissions. “We were confident that this was going to be the result,” Melissa Lavasani, chairwoman of Decriminalize Nature D.C., the organization behind the measure, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Friday. Along with @DecrimNatureDC and @lookoutlia we have been observing @Vote4DC counting of @MelissaMNDC petitions for Initiative 81. The count is now 85% complete! We are likely 48 hours to unofficially making the goal! (Becomes official when @Vote4DC says so). pic.twitter.com/KAs3Sz9wLS — Adam Eidinger (@aeidinger) July 22, 2020 While they await official certification, the organization will be developing its communications and outreach strategy to make sure voters are informed about the initiative before they hit the polls. But like with the signature gathering effort, there are some unique challenges activists will have to overcome amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think we…

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