Advocates for D.C. autonomy are calling on local residents to boycott some popular vacation spots along Maryland’s Eastern Shore after that region’s congressman moved to block the District’s new marijuana law.
Republican congressman Andy Harris, who represents Ocean City and other parts of the Eastern Shore, made news last week when he introduced a budget amendment in Congress to prohibit D.C. from implementing its marijuana decriminalization law.
Harris battled with city leaders on social media, telling them he was a doctor and that pot is bad for young people. District politicians fired back, accusing the Maryland congressman of meddling in local D.C. affairs and noting that Maryland is one of the 17 states that — like the District — is loosening its marijuana laws.
Now activists in D.C. are hoping to get the message to Harris through another means: by having D.C. residents boycott the popular vacation destinations in Harris’ district.
DC Vote Director Kimberly Perry says that while District residents may not have a vote in Congress, they can vote with their wallets.