Re-elected Muriel Mayor Bowser reportedly planing to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana come 2019. The bill (Initiative 71) initially was passed to decriminalize the harmless plant in November 4, 2014 with 64.87% of voters saying “Yes To Weed”, and later finalized February 26, 2015. Initiative 71 allowed Washingtonians to carry up to two ounces of bud, and grow up to six pots.
“We have the ability to possess marijuana but no legal way to buy marijuana. As long as we have the ability to possess marijuana, which is our law, we also need the ability to procure marijuana legally. Which we don’t have now,” Bowser said.
This’ll be huge for marijuana consumers who may have been limited to their leaf/ strain of choice. This news also comes on the heels of DC officials scaling back the punishment for smoking reefer in public. According to Fox 5 DC, Violators will be given a ticket and must go to a police station for booking within 15 days. After that, they can go to court, or pay a $25 fine.
Drug testing in most work places is still a required necessary especially for those who are seeking employment in government, but with recent and current strides to provide real democracy for marijuana rights, job drug testing could soon be a thing of the past.
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— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) November 7, 2018