New Initiative Could Decriminalize Small Amounts of Pot

D.C. Pot Referendum

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — D.C. voters may get a chance to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana this November.

The D.C. Cannabis Campaign got the all-clear from the Board of Elections to start collecting signatures for an initiative that, if passed, would allow adults 21-years-old and over to possess up to two ounces of pot for personal use.

The initiative would also allow anyone 21 and older to:

– grow no more than six cannabis plants with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person’s personal residence.
– transfer without payment (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to another person who is 21 or older.
– use or sell drug paraphernalia for the use, growing or processing of marijuana or cannabis.

Campaign chair Adam Eidinger says volunteers will be all over D.C. gathering signatures. They need more than 22,000 signatures by July 7 to put it up for a public vote in November.

As with any measure passed in D.C., Congress could block it. There’s already hearing planned next month on the recently-passed law that would decriminalize possessing less than an ounce of pot.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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