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It’s Official. Marijuana is Legal in Washington, D.C.

by Chris Holden - February 26th, 2015.
Filed under: Laws, News.
It is now legal in Washington, D.C. for adults 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana. Although it is still illegal to smoke in public places, on Wednesday night at midnight marijuana became legal in the United States capital.

During the elections in November 2014, nearly 70% of D.C. voters passed Initiative 71 presented by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign. The acceptance of the initiative shocked unsupportive members of Congress. Initiative 71 allows the legal possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for adults 21 and older. It also allows adults to grow as many as six marijuana plants in their homes, and consume the drug on private property. Smoking or growing marijuana in public spaces is still illegal.

Those still opposing the newly enacted law in Congress will have 30 days to reject it. This seems likely as Republican members of Congress are still fighting for the law to be struck down. Paul Mathieson knows that they started by adding a provision that states no government funds can be used to enact any law that pertains to the distribution of any schedule 1 substance. Marijuana is currently a Schedule 1 drug.

The new legalization of marijuana in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is a big statement. As of now, three U.S. states have passed laws that allow adults to possess small amounts of marijuana in their homes. Little by little, we may see other states conceding to the popular opinion that marijuana should be legal.

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