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Vote Would Allow U.S. Congress and President Obama to Legally Hit the Bong

Pass it on: a new kind of madness might soon hit the capital.

Pot could soon be legal in Washington, DC. (Patch file photo.)
Pot could soon be legal in Washington, DC. (Patch file photo.)
WASHINGTON — With the way things move in the nation's capital, maybe elected officials have already been smoking marijuana in pretty large quantities.

A potential vote could make it legal.

Local officials in the District of Columbia have already taken a giant step in the direction of legalizing weed, voting Wednesday to advance legislation that would do away with jail time and reduce fines to a token $25 fine for marijuana possession.

The full district council will begin deliberation next week on the “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014,” which is expected to pass.

Support for legalizing marijuana has expanded dramatically in the nation’s capital, according to a Washington Post poll released Wednesday. Just four years ago, residents were evenly split. Now, the Post reported, residents favor decriminalization by about 2-1.

“We are moving towards a new day when it comes to marijuana regulation,” Council member David P. Grosso told the paper. 

Murial Bowser, a council member and mayoral candidate who endorsed the plan, told the Post fully legal and taxable marijuana sales are inevitable.

“If it’s not a crime to possess it, where then are people buying it?,” Bowser said. “Dealing with how people can procure this decriminalized marijuana has to be the second step.”

That could come in November, activists for legalizing marijuana are seeking to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana by putting the question to voters.

One note to the president and Congress: Careful where you toke, even if DC legalizes pot. It would still be illegal on the Mall and other federal properties in the District, punishable by up to $1,000 and a year in jail.


Dennis Rector January 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Do you mean they don't?
al jacoby January 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM
i dont understand why the fed cant do what is best for the people. when a drug that has shone to kill and cause traffic accidents,cause fatal overdoses,hospitalize millons of people be legal and a proven medication and recreational drug be made to have users prosicuted for felony charges. not to mention the vast revinue that legal pot would bring to the strapped government i just dont get it LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT!!!!!!!
Daniel Booth January 19, 2014 at 03:28 PM
WTF, i cant go anywhere anymore and smoke my cigars without offending anyone, or cant be in some cities and smoke at all. But hey i can buy pot WTF REALLY
Santi Lara January 20, 2014 at 08:22 PM
This is truly about time that the marijuana issue is put to rest. I am not a pot user nor I encourage it, but I have never heard of anyone dying of pot overdose. There are more people dying due to alcohol related problems. Legalize the darn thing, tax it and America will again prosper. Less people will be in jails because of ridiculous pot use. Sorry lawyers, less business for you.

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