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.