Legalizing Pot in D.C. Headed to November Ballot

Initiative would go beyond decriminalization -- it would legalize marijuana

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.

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

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