Question on Marijuana Legalization Will Be on D.C. Ballot This Fall

Initiative would go beyond decriminalization -- it would legalize marijuana

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    The D.C. Board of Elections approved putting a measure on the ballot that would allow possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. Supporters of the measure turned in tens of thousands of petitions which the Board certified today. News4's Tom Sherwood shows us the fight over legalizing marijuana.

    D.C. voters will be able to decide whether to make pot legal this fall.

    A proposition to legalize marijuana in the District will be included on the Nov. 4 ballot. The D.C Board of Elections approved the ballot question Wednesday, reported News4's Tom Sherwood.

    The D.C. Cannabis Campaign said last month that it had collected 55,000 signatures to get a marijuana legalization bill on the ballot. They delivered those signatures -- more than twice as many as required -- to the Board of Elections on July 7.

    Marijuana was decriminalized in the District earlier this summer, but this initiative would take efforts a step further.

    Complete Legalization of Pot Could Be a Long Time Coming in DC

    [DC] Despite Bill on DC's  Ballot, Complete Legalization of Marijuana Could Be a Long Time Coming
    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.

    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.