Advocates of Washington D.C. Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, have collected nearly 60,000 signatures, well more than the 22,600 needed to put their proposal to a vote this November, according to the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group behind the initiative.
If put to a vote – as it almost surely will be – and passed, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014 would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to six plants (with no more than three in the flowering stage). The transfer of cannabis between adults would also be legalized.
The initiative will be officially placed on the ballot once district officials verify that enough of the signatures – which will be submitted by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign this coming week – are valid (meaning they’re from registered D.C. voters).
According to polling released last year by Public Policy Polling, 64% of Washington D.C. residents are in support of legalizing recreational cannabis, indicating that the measure will passed if put to a vote.