Legally Stoned At The White House: D.C. Could Beat California to Legalize Weed

Categories: Marijuana

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Like Amsterdam with lobbyists
Printed on license plates in Washington, DC is the Patriotic message, "Taxation Without Representation." It's a cheeky reminder that while the District is where the decisions that rule the nation are made (or at least the ones that aren't made in Wall Street boardrooms), D.C. itself has no representative in Congress or elsewhere, and little say in how things are done in the capital city.

Except with weed, as in legal weed. D.C. already has the odd juxtaposition of legal medical cannabis users outside of the halls of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and now a councilmember wants to go one step further with a bill to legalize and tax small amounts of the drug for all adults.

If passed, it would not only mean that more legally stoned people would be outside the drug czar's office, but it would mean California is really behind.

As we noted in our cover story yesterday, a majority of Americans favor marijuana legalization for all adults. Support for ending at least the marijuana portion of the Drug War is at an all-time high.

But that said, California doesn't seem willing or able to grapple with this reality. Whether it's because the state is too big or too fractious or just too entrenched, repeated efforts to regulate even medical weed have failed in Sacramento.

Much of the resistance could be generational. Former San Francisco Mayor and now U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, for example, has never been a fan of legal weed (and even went as far as to skip last week's historic hearing on the Justice Department's Aug. 29 memo on how states can allow the drug without federal interference).

Speaking of which, Washington, D.C.'s very own medical cannabis program appears to be going smoothly, with none of the crackdowns or overt hostility from law enforcement that's plagued California. The small-scale program appears to be complying with the outlines in the Justice Department memo; Capital City Care is legally supplying cannabis within three miles of the White House and the U.S. Capitol as we speak.

As it happens, there are two efforts right now to legalize cannabis in D.C. -- a bill in the Council and a ballot initiative in the works. As it also happens, D.C. leads the country in marijuana arrest rates, according to WAMU: there are 846 people busted for pot per 100,000 residents, almost double the rate of second-place New York (sorry, Bloomberg).

Councilman David Grosso's bill is modeled after the Washington and Colorado efforts. And if lawmakers should fail, Adam Eidinger and DCMJ 2014 will resubmit a ballot initiative for next year to legalize the drug.

If that doesn't spur lawmakers in California and nationwide to act, at least it'll make weed impossible to ignore.




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red.marcy.rand
red.marcy.rand topcommenter

You'd have to be stoned to live in DC.

dkessler4
dkessler4

Clay is right.  I hope that we have learned a lesson that to allow the federal government to prohibit a substance and to control the research into the prohibited substance is a bad mistake.  Anybody that looks carefully at the available worldwide research will come to the conclusion that marijuana is of benefit to many medical conditions and provides direct treatment to cancer.  This is extraordinary since there are not many substances that can target cancer cells and kill them without being highly toxic to surrounding cells.  Marijuana is less toxic than many of the foods we eat.  Given the current system it is clear that we will not be able to do research into the benefits of this plant until it is legally available.  It just makes sense to legalize and to regulate marijuana like alcohol for a variety of reasons.  

claygooding
claygooding

The people are speaking loud and clear but politicians and their financial backers are not listening,,hearing will improve immediately after removal of several prohibition supporting legislators  and it becomes obvious that is why they lost.

Over 80% of American voters support marijuana under a doctors care,,it doesn't matter what politicians and bureaucrats believe about marijuana as a medicine there are accepted medical uses for cannabis in America and it must be removed from schedule 1.

Science and medical doctors will restore cannabis back into our society when the drug bureaucracy charged with enforcing drug laws doesn't control the research allowed on cannabis.

I wouldn't worry about pharmaceutical companies "copying" targeted cannabinoids with synthetic concoctions,,,,non-toxic is hard too copy and they have been trying for decades.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars. 


Instead of The United States wasting Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.


The Prohibition of Marijuana has ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to prison and are being given permanent criminal records, which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason? 


Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?


Even The President of the United States himself, along with a long list of successful people have used marijuana. Has it hurt their chances at succeeding in life?


If the President had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may very well have still been in jail today. Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. 


Let's end this hypocrisy now!


The government should not attempt to legislate morality because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.


Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it! 


Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

Rock Belt
Rock Belt

I dont even like the stuff but PLEASE legalize it so some will make the switch from oh so nasty tobacco/nicotine cigarettes.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

They would need to take extra care not to stray onto federal property.

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