Puzzle 3

John Baez

Q: For which 1998 referendum in Washington D.C. did the United States Congress pass a special bill to prevent the votes from even being counted?

A: The Washington D.C. referendum to legalize medical uses of marijuana, which occurred as part of the 1998 fall elections. The fight to prevent the vote from being counted was led by Representative Bob Barr, a Republican from Georgia. Similar referenda passed in Nevada, Oregon and Alaska, following the lead of Arizona and California.

Source: "The Drug War Isn't About Combating Use", column by Robert Scheer in the Los Angeles Times editorial section, November 17, 1998.

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