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D.C. Going to Pot? City could Legalize Marijuana Soon

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia could vote and legalize marijuana use within the city and where advocates say it’s a civil rights issue, not a health issue.

US_Congress_02 [1]Reuters reported [2] that the pro-marijuana group DC Cannabis Campaign collected 57,000 signatures to put the measure on the November 4th ballot in D.C., where only 22,373 was required by law.

Chairman of the campaign, Adam Eidinger, told reporters, “This would not open up stores. This would not lead to D.C. becoming a tourist haven…This is just for the citizens who live here, the residents who pay taxes, to have the right to use marijuana freely in their homes without fear of arrest, harassment or a ticket.”

The ballot measure could allow people ages 21 and over to possess 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use, grow up to six plants at home and transfer marijuana from one person to the other without paying. Sales, however, are not transferrable.

The measure could be killed by Congress, which has oversight over the city.