Recent poll shows most DC voters want to legalize marijuana
According to a recent poll, around 65% of voters in the District of Columbia are ready to support Initiative 71, which would allow adults who are of drinking age to possess up to two ounces of marijuana on their person at any time, and would allow them to cultivate up to six marijuana plants at home.
“This is the highest support ever for a marijuana legalization ballot initiative,” said Adam Eidinger, Chair of DC Cannabis Campaign. “It vindicates the work of this campaign so far, but we still have more work to do turning out the vote come election day.”
District law prevents the ballot initiative from addressing the sale of marijuana, however, the local council is currently considering a bill which would both tax and regulate the sale of marijuana in the District of Columbia. DC has already decriminalized marijuana, replacing criminal penalties with a $25 fine.
“DC voters want to take marijuana completely out the criminal justice system and refocus police priorities,” said Dr. Malik Burnett, DC Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Voters are relating to the message that legalization will end D.C.’s rampant discrimination when it comes marijuana enforcement.”
Read more about the story at The Washington Post.