A POSSIBILITY OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION IN WASHINGTON D.C.
- November 9, 2018
In the wave of the great marijuana debate, many states (including Michigan, Missouri, and Utah) have taken stances on legalizing the little green plant. Nevertheless, as powerhouses like California and Colorado continue to dominate the playing field, we have to ask one question: where does that leave our nation’s capital? Since the midterm election, our House has been dominated by progressive lawmakers seeking to permit recreational use, so how does Washington D.C. fit into the mix? According to re-elected Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, the drug could be legalized in the District of Columbia very soon. In fact, due to the situation in the House, the road to pot could be clearer than we thought. Let’s take a closer look at the possibility of marijuana legalization in our capital.
Trouble in Paradise
In 2014, D.C. voters approved a measure that completely legalized marijuana possession and cultivation, however, the public and government has continued to face repercussions. During that time, Republicans in the House of Representatives exercised authority over the District’s budget by preventing local regulations and taxations on the little green plant (part of an act called the “budget rider”). While medical marijuana has been legal since 1998, Washington D.C. did not set up the first dispensary until 2013.
At this time, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill) will supervise the committee supervising legal action in the District and will create plans to dissolve the “budget rider” next year. According to Mayor Bowser, as long as people can possess marijuana, the government should open the doors for a legal market.
Recently, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) has explained how the current predicament in Washington D.C. is an unsolvable problem and completely approves recreational cannabis. Likewise, he believes the “budget rider” is preventing additional actions on part of the council. According to Mendelson, the first step is to confer with his lawyers. Only one question remains: how soon can this action be taken? Interestingly, D.C. City Council member David Grosso has developed an ordinance to distribute licenses to retail marijuana stores.
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