MEASURE TO LEGALIZE ADULT POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA IN DC PASSES
Washington DC – Ballot Initiative 71, which will legalize the adult possession of 2 ounces of marijuana and allow for home-cultivation of up to 6 plants, but not legalize sales, passed today by a wide margin. Additions to DC tax code cannot come from a ballot initiative, meaning that retail sales will still not be permitted. However, the D.C. Council held a public hearing last Thursday to discuss passage of a separate bill, the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013, which would implement a retail system for marijuana sales. The passage of this bill may delay activation of Initiative 71.
“Today the people have spoken, and right in the shadow of the Capitol, they have stated unequivocally that they want drug policy reform,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Tomorrow each Congressperson must choose how he or she wants to be remembered in history: as someone who respected the people’s wishes and worked to end one of the most pernicious problems of the 21st Century, or as an anachronism, like those prohibitionists who refused to see the writing on the wall in the 1930s.”
The measure will now undergo a 60-day Congressional review period before it becomes law. This article summarizes the possibilities for what happens from here.
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