Washington, DC: Residents Support Further Expanding District’s Marijuana Legalization Laws

Washington, DC: Two-thirds of Washington, DC residents believe that retail sales of marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and more than six out of ten say that adults should be able to legally consume cannabis in licensed establishments, according to the results of a Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance.

Sixty-six percent of respondents believe that city officials should tax and regulate the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol. In 2014, 70 percent of District voters approved Initiative 71, which removed criminal and civil penalties on the adult possession of up to two ounces of cannabis and/or the personal cultivation of up to six plants. However, the measure does not regulate marijuana sales or businesses.

Sixty-one percent of respondents also say that they approve of the establishment of “regulated places where adults can legally consume marijuana.” Members of the DC City Council are presently establishing a task force to make recommendations with regard to whether to permit such facilities.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.