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DC Marijuana Legalization Campaign to Submit 58,000 Signatures Monday

By Drug Policy AllianceJuly 5, 2014

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D.C. Hoping to Follow Colorado and Washington, as Polls Show Over 60% Support for Legalization Among DC Residents

WASHINGTON, DC ó The nationís capital hopes to follow in the steps of Colorado and Washington by legalizing marijuana in November. Activists from the DC Cannabis Campaign plan to submit 58,000 signatures collected to place a measure to do so on the November ballot to the D.C. Board of Elections on Monday morning.

Initiative 71 allows adults over the age of 21 to possess up to two ounces of marijuana on their person at any time, and allows for the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants at home.

District law prevents the ballot initiative from addressing the sale of marijuana. However, the D.C. City Council is currently considering a bill which will tax and regulate marijuana within the District.

Polls show the issue is popular among District residents, with support above 60 percent.

This initiative builds on the work of the D.C. City Council, which decriminalized marijuana this past spring. However, as data from numerous jurisdictions around the country indicate, decriminalization alone is not enough to change police practices.  The District of Columbia currently has the highest per capita marijuana arrest rates in the U.S.

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