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D.C. Residents Asked to Complain About Potholes to Congressman Who Messed with Marijuana Decriminalization Law

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."

Photo by Mr. T in D.C. via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • E. Masquinongy

    Unlikely that anybody will sign up for this sophomoric stunt.

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  • U.R. Menhaden

    So let me get this straight - so many people hate living in DC that they have to complain to somebody else's member? This city reelected Marion Barry. You should have all voting rights taken away

  • Woody

    It IS s sophomoric stunt and unlikely to change anything. Maybe provide some unhelpful laughs to the sophomore authors.

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  • DC John

    U.R. Menhaden....Obviously you are not that smart either. Marion Barry was reelected to the City Council by residents of Ward 8, not the entire city.

  • S.E.

    Forget this BS!!!!!!!!!!! How 'bout this CLOWN gather his colleagues and get to doing what they were ELECTED to do.........LEGISLATE the COUNTRY.........NOT D.C.!!!!

  • Typical DC BS

    Legislate the country? Please, try doing things on your own to make your community better and STOP insisting that "gubmint" spend money or "legislate".

  • cminus

    @Typical, if you're going to argue that "that government is best which governs least" -- a position with a long and distinguished philosophical history -- you also have to admit that Andy Harris's intervention in DC politics is absolutely failing to follow that principle.

    If the US doesn't need more laws and spending right now, why does DC?

  • S.E.

    It's been reported that this CLOWN is backed by the TEA Party..................................................

    From THEIR WEBSITE:

    "Washington is too big, too powerful and too intrusive in our lives".

    "The same holds true for people’s beliefs about the freedom from politicians who serve their own interests instead of the public’s interests".

  • saynotohypocrisy

    Doc Harris is a flaming tea bagger hypocrite who goes on and on about freedom but doesn't think adults can be trusted with cannabis. He's fine with killer alcohol though. A shameless pig.

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