Washington, D.C.: This week the DC Cannabis Committee qualified a voter ballot initiative question to legalize marijuana by gathering 57,000 signatures--more than twice the needed amount.
If passed this November by Washington, DC voters, two ounces of cannabis and the cultivation of six plants will be lawful for adults over 21 years of age. The initiative would also permit adults to give (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to other adults. No retail sales are allowed under this proposed change of law.
Recently, the DC City Council passed and implemented a cannabis decriminalization measure that now fines private adult possession of cannabis at $25, and public possession or use at $400.
Washington, DC joins legalization ballot initiative efforts this fall in Alaska and Oregon; and a medical cannabis access ballot measure in Florida.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director, at: (202) 483-5500.