Washington DC to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana

The nation’s capital will join Alaska and Oregon with a measure on the November ballot to legalize recreational cannabis.

Washington DC election officials certified enough signatures on Wednesday to put a legalization proposal up for a popular vote this fall.

Initiative 7 takes marijuana legalization in a new direction, as it would not directly legalize the sale of cannabis products in Washington DC.

Instead of setting up a network of licensed businesses to distribute the drug, the measure would allow adults to cultivate their own cannabis at home. Locals could have up to six plants in a home grow, possess up to two ounces of marijuana and give a limited amount of cannabis to other adults.

The law allows the sale of paraphernalia, but overall business opportunities would be limited.

The Washington DC City Council, however, is reportedly debating a separate measure that would pave the way for actual cannabis sales via retail stores.

Initiative 7 still faces several hurdles. Even if it passes the popular vote, for example, Congress could step in and halt implementation.

One comment on “Washington DC to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana
  1. Mark Burcaw, D.C. on

    It is a freedom of choice and information issue. The America most of us love is a free country, we must fight “coin operated” government, coins in this arena supplied by big pharma, alcohol & tobacco, etc. who wrongly assume the competition will harm them.

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