Campaign to Legalize Home Marijuana in D.C. Hits Hurdles

By Tom Sherwood
|  Monday, May 12, 2014  |  Updated 7:40 PM EDT
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Efforts to legalize marijuana in the District are hitting some hurdles. News4’s Tom Sherwood got a first-hand look at why campaign organizers say people are so reluctant to support the legislation.

Tom Sherwood

Efforts to legalize marijuana in the District are hitting some hurdles. News4’s Tom Sherwood got a first-hand look at why campaign organizers say people are so reluctant to support the legislation.

An organization aiming to get thousands of signatures supporting the legalization of home marijuana in D.C. is hitting hurdles.

Gathering nearly 24,000 signatures from D.C. residents will put legalizing marijuana for home use on the November ballot -- beyond the city's recent vote to decriminalize marijuana with fines instead of jail time. 

Adam Eidinger with D.C. Cannabis campaigns to get the signatures on public property, but many residents that walk by him say they're reluctant to sign any documents.

"What we hear a lot is, 'I work for the government, I have a contract with the government, I don't want to sign it," Eidinger explained. "We're under extra pressure to get this done in a very short period of time and I don't want to let the city down."

He said some of his volunteers have left with dozens of signature sheets, but have yet to return them. 

"We're under extra pressure to get this done in a very short period of time and I don't want to let the city down," Eidinger said. "I'm here telling you, it's not going great."

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