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11:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

DC Mayor Calls for Boycott of Eastern Shore

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WASHINGTON (AP)- The mayor of the District of Columbia is urging residents to boycott the Eastern Shore of Maryland this holiday, because of its congressional representative's position on decriminalizing marijuana.

Mayor Vincent Gray said at a Wednesday news conference that the city's residents shouldn't support someone who doesn't support them.

The mayor is referring to Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore. Harris successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law.

The nonprofit group D.C. Vote called for a boycott of all vacation spot in Harris' district.

Harris, a Republican who represents District 1, says city residents "know better" than to boycott his district.

He says spending the weekend on the family friendly Eastern Shore is more important than increasing drug use by teenagers in Washington.