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Topic - Paul Zukerberg
A federal judge said Thursday he will issue a ruling next week on a lawsuit seeking to keep the race for the District's first elected attorney general on the 2014 ballot. But the ruling might stand only to delay a decision further.
The D.C. lawyer suing the city in an effort to keep the election for attorney general on the ballot next year has officially declared his intentions to run for the office.
It took nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana for it to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to pot laws in the nation's capital is on the fast track.
Attorneys representing the District cite the fact that a law pushing the election for the city's first attorney general back to 2018 is not yet in effect as a reason to toss out a lawsuit seeking to keep the race on the April ballot.
The D.C. Board of Elections is moving forward with plans to hold the city's first election for attorney general in April, despite the fact the D.C. Council voted to postpone the election by four years.
The District could stand to benefit financially from decriminalization of marijuana, but activists are divided over whether police would enforce the law more harshly because the city has a financial incentive.
The District has one of the highest arrest rates for marijuana possession in the nation, with blacks being arrested eight times as often for the offense in the city as whites, according to a study released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
One of the contenders seeking a citywide seat on the D.C. Council in the upcoming election has found the city's liberal echo chamber to be a not-so-friendly environment.
D.C. Council candidate Patrick Mara on Tuesday called on Mayor Vincent C. Gray to replace the city's fire chief, saying Kenneth Ellerbe is "not the best person for the job."
Lawyer Paul Zukerberg, who brought the case and this week announced his candidacy for the attorney general position, is seeking a quick ruling.
Paul Zukerberg is the first person to declare his candidacy in the election and while Monday's announcement does push him to the forefront of the race, it might also provide him better standing in his current lawsuit.