Voters in Washington D.C. – the U.S. Capitol – have legalized cannabis, approving Initiative 71 with 69% of the vote.
Initiative 71, which will take effect after a 60-day congressional review period, will legalize the possession and use of up to two ounces of cannabis for those 21 and older, going a step further than the recent City Council-enacted decriminalization of up to an ounce. The new law will also allow for the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants.
Although the initiative doesn’t allow for the distribution of cannabis through cannabis retail outlets, the district’s Council is currently considering legislation to do just that.
According to district financial officials, a legalized cannabis market would be worth over $130 million annually in D.C.