Residents of Washington D.C. will vote this November on whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Marijuana advocates gathered more than 22,000 signatures in order to get the initiative on the ballot and the D.C. Board of elections unanimously voted in favor of the measure.
Mayor Vincent Gray signed into effect a decriminalization act in D.C. that as of last month allows residents to possess up to an ounce of marijuana on them with only the fear of a $25 fine and a civil offense.
Proponents of the legalization bill are confident that the House will not be able to block their initiative; however, there have been recent instances where residents have voted in favor of a measure that the mayor has chosen not to enforce. It happened last year when voters approved an amendment that would have given the district the ability to spend local tax money without Congress’s approval, but it was declined by the mayor.
Congress was even able to delay the medical marijuana program in D.C. by ten whole years after it was approved by voters.
If the initiative is approved in November, residents would be allowed to grow 6 marijuana plants at their home and possess up to 2 ounces. The sale of marijuana has yet to be addressed.