Washington D.C. Will Officially Vote to Legalize Marijuana!

America’s capital has joined Alaska and Oregon as the third jurisdiction with a chance to legalize cannabis this fall. Today, the D.C. Board of Elections decided that Ballot Initiative 71 has qualified for November’s election.After gathering over 57,000 signatures in favor of legalization–more than double the qualifying number–Washington D.C. voters will now decide the fate of the “Legalization of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014” in just a few months.If voters approve the measure, Washington D.C. would become America’s 3rd, 4th, or 5th legal area. And occurring right under the nose of Congress, that would be big news.While legalization for D.C. would not mean retail shops (at least not yet), it would follow Colorado and Washington’s possession models closely and lay the framework for future recreational sales”

Ballot Initiative 71 allows adults over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana on their person at any time, allows adults to give (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to other adults, and allows for the cultivation of up to three mature marijuana plants at home. District law prevents ballot initiatives from addressing the sale of marijuana. However, the DC Council is currently considering a bill that will tax and regulate marijuana within the District. [dcmj.org]

But does the bill actually have a chance?Tom Angell, the founder of Marijuana Majority and a policy expert, believes that D.C. will indeed vote in favor of legalization. “If the polling to date is any indication, it appears extremely likely that marijuana will soon be legal for adults in the nation’s capital,” stated Angell. Having legal marijuana in Congress’s backyard is sure to elevate the national debate on this issue to new heights.”Just three years ago, you would have been called crazy if you suggested that America would have five legal marijuana “states” by the end of 2014.Three years later, and that insanity looks like a distinct possibility.SOURCE: HTTP://MARIJUANA.COM/NEWS/2014/08/WASHINGTON-D-C-WILL-OFFICIALLY-VOTE-TO-LEGALIZE-RECREATIONAL-MARIJUANA/