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DC Voters Support Marijuana Legalization at 65%

This November, voters in the district will have a chance to legalize marijuana for personal use, and polling thus far makes it look like a strong likelihood to pass.

DCMJ_legalization_ends_discriminationA new poll shows support at 65% for Initiative 71 among likely voters this November, which is an extremely strong showing.

DC only recently decriminalized marijuana possession in July, and previous to that had very tough marijuana laws, so this issue has evolved incredibly rapidly. The truth is probably the the citizens ALWAYS supported reform, but thanks to lawmakers, and this ballot initiative, harsh criminal penalties for marijuana possession look to be a thing of the past.

There has been and continues to be a significant racial factor in the enforcement or marijuana laws. Even since decriminalization, 77% of all citations for possession have been written up in communities of color.

What Will Be Legal If it Passes?

The initiative will change the law to allow a person to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, or grow 6 plants themselves (3 mature, 3 immature)

The law with NOT open legal retail marijuana shops such as has happened in Colorado and Washington state. The ballot initiative process doesn’t have the power to do that. But they will freely encourage growing and sharing weed –  but not selling it – to friends and neighbors.

It’s a refreshingly simple approach that makes a lot of sense even on it’s own terms.

If DC passes, it will join Colorado and Washington state in a continuing nationwide march to legalization everywhere, Also this fall, Oregon and Alaska have a good chance to fully legalize as well via ballot initiatives in those states.

Support initiative 71! Vote Yes on November 4th!

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