Washington D.C. Board of Elections Approves Initiative to Legalize Cannabis
Washington D.C.’s Board of Elections gave approval today to an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. The Board will now have 20 days to give the proposal a ballot title and summary. Once this, plus a 10-day public review period is finished, advocates can begin gathering signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote this November. Roughly 250,000 valid signatures will need to be collected by July 7th.
If put to a vote, and approved into law, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014 would legalize the possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to 3 plants. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older.
According to polling released last year by Public Policy Polling, 64% of Washington D.C. residents are in support of legalizing recreational cannabis.