Marijuana activists gather over 57,000 signatures in favor of legalization

Last January, a Washington Post poll found that 63 percent of D.C. residents were in favor of legalizing marijuana, with only 34 percent opposed. On Monday, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign took one big step towards aligning city law with the will of the people. The group presented a petition with more than 57,000 signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections, hoping to have the issue of marijuana legalization put on the November ballot.

If more than 22,373 of the signatures are ruled as legitimate, then the city’s voters will be deciding on the matter this fall. D.C. Cannabis Campaign Chief Adam Eidinger said in an interview with DCist that “more than 50 percent” of the signatures are valid, which, if true, would safely guarantee legalization a spot on the ballot.

If voters choose to legalize marijuana this November, up to two ounces of bud will be permitted for personal use, as well as up to three mature cannabis plants.

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Vox Gets Into Treble: Limelight

Limes are back!

In case you didn’t notice how expensive the limes were last time you were shopping at Whole Foods, this spring was The Great Lime Shortage of 2014. After prices of limes skyrocketed to more than $125 for a 40-pound box of limes (up from the usual $12), you can finally relax. No more hijacking of lime shipments by Mexican drug cartels and no more Huangbinglong, or citrus greening disease, as it’s called. You can finally put limes in your salsa, guacamole, and Corona.

In celebration, Vox brings you a playlist that’s guaranteed to bring your summer back into the limelight.

Blood Orange – Uncle ACE (a/jus/ted Remix)

Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)

Kitten – Cut It Out

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Georgetown sailing team wins World University Championships

The stellar Georgetown sailing squad has done it again. On Saturday, a foursome consisting of Hoyas Nevin SnowAJ ReiterAlex Post, and Katia DaSilva won the six-day championship after besting the defending champs from Australia.

The World Championships were hosted on Lake Ledro in Trentino, Italy, and Georgetown won the right to represent the United States by winning Nationals last November.

Georgetown’s sailing team, in terms of championship success, puts men’s basketball to shame. The sailing Hoyas have won Nationals three times in the past 10 years and placed five other times. This World Championships title puts them even further over the top.

Photo: Georgetown Voice/Josh Raftis


Prefrosh Preview: LGBTQ on the Hilltop

For those of you who have been living under a rock, LGBTQ, as the Georgetown LGTBQ Resource Center defines it, stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning.

Georgetown has come a long way from its cisgendered, anti-gay rhetoric of decades-past, but it should come as no surprise that Catholicism, Georgetown, and the LGBTQ community have an immensely complex relationship. Despite Pope Francis‘ progressivism (by Catholic Church standards, anyway), the Catholic Church still does hold that homosexual acts are gravely sinful.

For much of its history, Georgetown generally adhered to those discriminatory Catholic doctrines in both rules and rhetoric, but the past five years, especially since the founding of the LGBTQ Resource Center, have been very progressive. Still, however, despite what The New York Times might have you think, more well-connected publications know that there is still much room for progress, especially for trans* rights. What follows in this post is a part history, part current state of LGBTQ at Georgetown.

Some history

For a long time, LGBTQ (but primarily LGB at that point, according to most interviews conducted by the Voice) students barely had a foothold at Georgetown. In the early ’70s, however, LGBTQ students began being a vocal, on-campus presence. This change was headlined when the 1973 American Psychiatric Association’s entry on homosexuality changed dramatically, which opened the doors to widespread LGBTQ acceptance. (For more, check out the “This American Life” episode “81 Words.”)

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Burleith residents gather pitchforks, shake fists at Fed Chairwoman’s security detail

Imagine waking up one morning in your $1.4 million townhouse and going to the front window to soak in the gorgeous view, only to notice something out of the ordinary: a truck that’s been idling on the street for 22 whole minutes. Not only that—but the truck spills some fluid when it drives away. This little hypothetical has become a tragic reality for many Burleith residents, whose otherwise tranquil morning routines have been interrupted rudely by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen‘s security detail.

Yellen, who assumed her role at the Fed in February, is new to her position and new to the Burleith neighborhood, and Burleith residents can’t stand the security team who protects her.

Neighborhood complaints against the officers range from their bulging, snacker bellies to their breaking the 15 miles-per-hour speed limit. Some reports from neighbors indicate that one of the officers spilled something on the road that has left a permanent stain.

Apparently, Yellen fails to live up to the high standards her ritzy neighbors have come to expect from the men and women who run the government of the most powerful country in the world and yet deign to live in their neighborhood, with all its paint color restrictions.

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Prefrosh Preview: Georgetown bands

The past few years have been quite successful for a few of Georgetown’s student bands. While even the biggest are still independent bands and remain relatively unknown, even within the student body, they have a strong following among some people at Georgetown.

There’s a whole group of people at school that loves putting on and going to shows, and it’s pretty easy to break into once you get here. Just keep your eye out for notices about a student show, show up, and then talk to one of the performers at the inevitable after party and say you like bands like Pile, The Smiths, or Built to Spill. No, seriously, most of these people are so friendly and so into music that that’s all it takes to get to know them.

Anyway, last fall, Gianfranco Nuschese (COL ’14), from Dagos,and Tyler Pierce (COL ’15), from The Ripplescreated GU Jam Sesh to semi-formally unite the bands and organize some shows.

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Comments of the Week: Alcohol and conservative rants

Last week, Vox covered Congress’ bold move in trying to stop weed decriminalization in D.C., the Redskins losing their trademark because of racism, and Klink, the brand new alcohol delivery service that brings the booze right to your door.

why make this easier has a bold prediction of humanity’s inevitable future.

So now all we need is a marijuana delivery system and college students never have to walk again

But voxy does not roxy points out Klink’s biggest flaw(?).

But they don’t deliver Burnett’s… How are the freshmen supposed to get drunk??

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Prefrosh Preview: The major news of the 2013-2014 academic year

Every year, a few instances of major news happen in Georgetown. For student journalists, those times are very exciting, but, for everyone else, major news takes a variety of forms and could be good or bad. Sometimes, Georgetown news becomes a centerpiece of national attention thanks to loud-mouthed idiots. Other times, it’s the students themselves who are the morons, like when two freshmen tried to make DMT in their Harbin dorm room.

Last year had its own ups and downs, and Vox is here with a recap of the four biggest stories for anyone who wasn’t around for them.

Record-breaking donation from the Dodgers’ least favorite boss

Alumnus Frank McCourt (COL ’75), known for bankrupting the LA Dodgers and a messy, expensive divorce, was swayed by Georgetown’s excellent alumni relations team and donated  $100 million to Georgetown last September.

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House committee attempts to block D.C. weed decriminalization law

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee voted to amend D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization law and effectively limit the District’s ability to decriminalize the drug.

Mayor Vincent Gray signed the bill in March, but, to the chagrin of weed activists throughout the city, the new law came under scrutiny in Congressional hearings, where many Republicans attacked the District’s decision.

Congress has a 60-day period in which they can block any laws passed in D.C., something they’ve done only three times since 1979.

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Rejoice, new alcohol delivery service comes to D.C.

Last week, alcohol delivery service Klink kicked off their business in D.C. Klink promises cheap access to beer, wine, and liquor for anyone over 21 in the District within 20 to 40 minutes.

Klink first launched in August of last year, mainly serving up booze to the college areas of Orlando, FL. Since then, it has launched in Ann Arbor, MI, making D.C. its third location.

“D.C. marks the beginning of our aggressive expansion push, which is going to be throughout the summer,” Klink CEO Jeffrey Nadel said in a phone interview with Vox.

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