The movement for the legalization of marijuana seems to be on an upward trend unlike we have ever witnessed in the history of the United States for, well, just about anything. Imagine what would have happened just 5 years ago if the proponents of the cause stood up for the rights of pot and pot smokers (hint: it involves the cops). So any time the legalization of America’s favorite herb makes it to the ballot, it’s big news.
Who’s the latest? Washington D.C…
That’s right, this coming November, residents of the District of Columbia will vote for the legalization of marijuana thanks to a ballot initiative submitted by the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, which garnered enough signatures to qualify for the general election in just a few short months.
As reported by dcist.com, if enough people turn out and vote in favor, here’s what will happen:
Ballot Initiative 71 proposes allowing adults over the age of 21 to legally possess up to two ounces of marijuana, as well as give (but not sell, as the initiative clearly states) up to one ounce to other adults.
But for residents of D.C., don’t hold your breath too long if Ballot Initiative 71 gets the go ahead with enough votes. Turns out that just because enough people agree on a a proposition, and vote to enact it as law, marijuana won’t just automatically be “legal.”
Dr. Malik Burnett, an organizer with the Drug Policy Alliance in D.C., says there may need to be some additional research on the topic, but stated that due process will likely get in the way of immediate inaction.
But this news isn’t all for naught. In order for Ballot Initiative 71 to even be considered, The Cannabis Campaign needed 23,780 signatures to get it put on the November ballot. How many did they get? More than 57,000. Nice turn out. You think Barry “Choom Gang” Obama was one of them?
The Cannabis Campaign’s next goal is to register voters to march to the polls this fall. “We hope to register tens of thousands of voters,” says campaign chairman Adam Eidinger. Well, Mr. Chairman, we hope you do too.