D.C. Enacts Voter Re-Legalization Initiative

In the District of Columbia voters passed a re-legalization initiative.  Congress got in a huff.  So what?


District of Columbia officials have implemented a voter-approved initiative depenalizing offenses involving the personal possession and/or cultivation of cannabis by adults. The new municipal measure, which took effect last Thursday, permits adults to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and to cultivate up to six plants (no more than three mature at any one time) in one’s primary residence without penalty. Not-for-profit transactions involving small amounts of the substance are also permitted.

Seventy percent of District voters in November decided in favor of the measure (Initiative 71).

For-profit sales of cannabis are prohibited under the law as is the retail production or distribution of the plant. The consumption of cannabis in public or on federal property is also prohibited, as is use of the plant inside any local business or social club. DC lawmakers enacted emergency legislation on Tuesday to impose the latter restrictions, which were not included in the initiative.

District officials moved forward with the measure’s enactment despite threats from federal lawmakers that doing so violates the intent of Congress.

HMJ salutes the mayor of D.C., Muriel Bowser, for her courage. The kids came by just for you, Ms. Mayor. You are on the right side of history, so stay strong.

Original post is HERE.

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Author: DavidB

a heathen, but hopefully not an unenlightened one

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