Washington 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.