How do I fill out this petition?
We’ve got detailed instructions for how to fill out the petition on our website, and on the form itself.
Why are you asking me to sign by mail or online?
Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus public health emergency, traditional, in-person signature collection is impossible. As a result, the Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC is collecting signatures by mail and online. To place Initiative 81 on the November ballot in DC’s November 3 general election, the campaign needs to submit to the DC Board of Elections at least 30,000 valid signatures by July 6, 2020. In order to count and number the petitions prior to submission, we need all signed petitions returned to the campaign by July 1 at the latest!
Who can sign the petition?
Every registered DC voter can sign the petition. You can check your registration by visiting www.DCBOE.org. We are asking that you ask every DC voter in your household to sign the petition.
What is the petition?
The “petition” is the official ballot access petition from the DC Board of Elections for Initiative 81, the “Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020.” This voter initiative would make entheogens among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the Metropolitan Police Department and create a non-binding public call upon the DC Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for DC to cease prosecution of criminal charges involving entheogens.
“My name is Melissa Lavasani and I need your help to give D.C. voters the opportunity to vote on Initiative 81 and keep our democracy moving in these difficult times. The current public health emergency has made traditional signature gathering impossible, so I am asking you to sign and return the petition by mail or online in support of placing Initiative 81 on the November ballot. If passed, Initiative 81 would make natural plant and fungi medicines among the lowest priorities of the Metropolitan Police Department.”
– Melissa Lavassani (Ward 6 Resident), Initiative 81 Proposer