Don’t Antagonize DC, Andy Harris

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February 27, 2015  |  Volume 1, Issue 6

Dear Washingtonians,

When I was growing up in North Michigan Park, I learned that when someone tries to bully your neighbors you have to speak out and defend them. This week that lesson came to mind when Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) antagonized DC by threatening to put me, other elected officials and staff members in jail for implementing the will of the people.

The threat came after we prepared guidance on Initiative 71 – the new, duly enacted law that defines what adults over 21 years old can and cannot do regarding marijuana, its possession and places of use. You can read all about the District’s marijuana law here, but what I said on Thursday bears repeating: I am the duly elected Mayor of the District of Columbia. The residents of DC spoke loud and clear when they voted to legalize small amounts of marijuana in Washington, DC. I will stand with the voters and make sure their voices are heard.

Let’s continue to work together as we take on the big issues we face and build the future we want. We are in the middle of presenting our next budget. If you have not attended a Budget Engagement Forum yet, join me today (Saturday, February 28) at 1 pm at Anacostia High School, 1601 16th Street, SE (about 1 mile from the Anacostia Metro Station).

Thank you to everyone who helped make Fresh Start February a success. I look forward to seeing you soon.


Mayor Muriel Bowser

I am the duly elected Mayor of the District of Columbia