Washington D.C. Council Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Sales

Wdcashington D.C.’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has given approval to a proposal which would legalize cannabis retail outlets, allowing them to sell the plant to anyone 21 and older.

The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 (Council Bill #20-466) will now need to be approved by the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety and the Committee on Finance and Revenue before being up for a full council vote.

“Today’s vote in support of regulating marijuana like alcohol in the nation’s capital is a validation of the overwhelming support among District residents for an end to the racial disparities and harm caused by marijuana prohibition,” says Grant Smith, deputy director of national affairs with the Drug Policy Alliance. “D.C. lawmakers have a clear mandate from the community they serve to pass a bill that regulates marijuana and restores those communities that have been harmed the most by decades of marijuana prohibition”.

Earlier this month, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which legalizes the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants, for those 21 and older.

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8 thoughts on “Washington D.C. Council Committee Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis Sales”

  1. if the majority wants it legal we the people of VA needs to get the petitions and advocates working on legalization for 2016. We the people of Colorado did…..we also recalled 3 politician who didn’t do the will of the people and we replaced them with politicians who DID what the majority wants.

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    • Washington D.C had 66% of the voters voting yes to legalize 2/3’s. 2016 Florida needs to put it on the ballot. General elections have the highest % of younger voters 18 to 35 yr olds. U all hit 58% which is higher than the governor % that he won the election. U have 2 choices either get it on the ballot not amendment to the constitution which u need only 50.01% of the votes not 60% or advocates for legalization need to push it harder in the general election. In 2016 I’m sure some of the 42% of the over 70 year old dinosaeur crowd will be dead and buried so their nay votes won’t be counted. Become a member of NORML and high times and help them spread the greatness of cannabis

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    • we the people of Colorado voted in 2000 to legalize medical cannabis. In 2012 we again voted to legalize recreational cannabis. We became the 1st state in the America to legalize ( Colorado is an hour ahead of Washington state and our legal pot shops opened Jan1, 2014 Washington states opened their 1st in July of 2014) help the advocates in 2016 get it on the ballot when so many more 18 to 35 yr olds get out and vote and some of the nay over 70 voters will be dead and gone

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