Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis in the U.S. Capitol, has been officially placed on this November’s ballot in the District of Columbia.
The initiative, titled the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014, was introduced by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, and would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants (with three allowed to be in the flowering stage). The transfer of cannabis between adults would also be explicitly allowed.
The initiative was officially placed on the ballot now that the district has verified that at least 22,600 valid (from registered D.C. voters) signatures were submitted; advocates submitted nearly 60,000 signatures in total.
According to polling released last year, a strong 64% of those in Washington D.C. support legalizing recreational cannabis.
Washington D.C. now joins Oregon and Alaska as areas that will vote this November on cannabis legalization initiatives.