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Legalizing Pot in D.C. Headed to November Ballot

Initiative would go beyond decriminalization -- it would legalize marijuana



    Polls show the majority of D.C. voters support legalization of marijuana, but as News4's Mark Segraves reports, even if a measure on the November ballot passes, it could be a long time before you can legally "light up" in the district. (Published Monday, July 7, 2014)

    They needed 22,000 signatures. Instead, they got more than 55,000.

    The D.C. Cannabis Campaign says it's collected twice as many signatures required to get a marijuana legalization bill on the ballot this November, and Monday morning they delivered those signatures to the D.C. Board of Elections.

    Their initiative would take efforts a step further than just decriminalizing marijuana -- it would legalize it.

    If voters were to approve Question 71, it would become legal to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, grow up to six plants, and share (but not sell) up to an ounce of marijuana to anyone 21 or older. The measure would also make it legal to use or sell drug paraphernalia.

    However, the efforts to decriminalize or legalize could be blocked by Congress.

    Pot Petition Heads to the Ballot

    [DC] Pot Petition Heads to the Ballot
    More than 50,000 people signed a petition that puts the issue of legalized marijuana on the November ballot in D.C. News4's Tom Sherwood reports.
    (Published Monday, July 7, 2014)

    Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would essentially kill the effort.