D.C. Board of Elections Rules Initiative to Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use Can Go on Ballot

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    Washington, D.C., is one step closer to possibly legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

    Just days after the D.C. Council voted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, the D.C. Board of Elections ruled a voter initiative to legalize marijuana can go forward.

    Supporters of legalized marijuana will have to collect 25,000 signatures from registered D.C. voters in order to get the question on the November ballot.

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    The D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill to make marijuana possession punishable by a $25 fine, rather than jail time. Mark Segraves reports on how it will affect jobs that drug test.

    A recent Washington Post poll shows more than 60 percent of D.C. residents are in favor of legalization.

    D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan tried to block the initiative from getting on the ballot, saying legalization would put one aspect of District law in conflict with federal law, which would continue to require D.C. to remove residents from public housing if they are convicted of drug possession.