DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Voters in the nation’s capital could decide if they want to follow Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana under a measure cleared by the D.C. Board of Elections on Tuesday.
The decision sets aside warnings by the city’s attorney general, who said that if the proposal passed, it would put D.C. law at odds with federal law. The board’s decision allows a band of activists to begin gathering the 25,000 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
If the signatures are collected and the ballot measure passed, it could allow people 21 or older to have as much as two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to three marijuana plants at home. The vote could also thrust the issue onto Congress, which has veto power over all new city laws, but only organized to stop three in 35 years.