Fifteen years ago. Medical marijuana was legalized and is now available in the nation’s capital. It has been said the changes to other marijuana laws won’t take so long.
WBTV reports that the next bill up for approval is to make it legal to have small amounts of marijuana in possession and is supported by Mayor Vincent Gray, Democrat. This bill could become law as soon as January upon his signature.
Colorado and Washington State already commercialize marijuana and some activists want D.C. to do the same as well.
Within the capital city, Congress has final say as to what is legal within the city. So far, 17 states have some form of legalized marijuana laws within their boundaries. City leaders don’t think Congress will fight to stop legalizing marijuana in some form with in the city.
In 1991, the last piece of legislation was voted against pertaining to marijuana.
This year, medical marijuana became legal for those who have HIV or AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, and conditions such as multiple sclerosis that cause severe muscle spasms.
The exclusion to being allowed to have marijuana would be if one were on Federal land.
"Decriminalization is a local law. We don't want people thinking you're free to puff up on federal property. You're not, and you will be arrested," said Janene Jackson, director of the mayor's Office on Policy and Legislative Affairs.