Bolstered by the support of several dozen college students and Annapolis residents, a new coalition for marijuana reform is trying to muster enough signatures for a referendum in the next election.
Members of the Maryland Marijuana Movement want Annapolis to become the second city in the nation to endorse using marijuana for medicinal purposes. Last November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly backed adding marijuana to the city's list of available medicine.
Joe Crigger Jr., an Anne Arundel Community College student who founded the pro-marijuana group nine months ago, said the turnout at Monday night's City Council meeting encouraged him to push for a voter initiative. About 50 college students and Annapolis residents came tohear him give a presentation on why the city should pass a resolution supporting medical uses of marijuana.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLEAN UPSTREAM
Maryland Save Our Streams and the Chesapeake Bay Trust arerecruiting volunteers to clean up the stream at Queenstown Park on Saturday, Feb. 8.
The cleanup is the third of four activities planned along Sawmill Creek, one of four Maryland creeks targeted in an experimental state restoration program. The Targeted Watershed Program coordinates the efforts of citizens, business and government in the protection and restoration of Sawmill Creek.
The three-hour cleanupwill begin at 9 a.m.
"We're hoping for a large turnout," said Jackie Carrera, SOS project director. "A cleanup is a good way to bring family, friends and neighbors together to show pride in their community. It can also serve as a catalyst for other activities aimed at protecting Sawmill Creek."
Trash is more than ugly, she said. Many items that are improperly disposed of can break down and relase toxic substances into a stream. Sharp, rusty items are a health hazard. And discarded tires are a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Volunteers should bring a pair of heavy gloves.
LEAGUE TO POLL STATE LEGISLATORS
The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County will poll the county's 18 state legislators on their views on the budget, environment and abortion during a breakfast forum Jan. 23.
The annual breakfast forum will begin at 8 in Harry Browne's Restaurant in Annapolis.
It is open to the public, but space is limited.
Call 757-9071 for reservations.