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Poll Finds Overwhelming Support For Marijuana Legalization In Washington D.C.

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washington dc marijuana legalizationA campaign to legalize cannabis in Washington D.C. turned in over 57,000 signatures to get their initiative on the 2014 ballot. Less than half of those signatures need to be valid in order to gain ballot approval. Unless something tremendously unexpected happens, Washington D.C. residents will likely get a chance to vote on cannabis legalization on Election Day. If that happens, according to a poll released by the Washington Post, the initiative has a great chance of passing.

The poll found that 63% of participants supported legalizing cannabis in Washington D.C.. Only 34% of participants want to keep cannabis illegal in our nation’s capital. 3% of poll participants had no opinion. Per the Washington Post:

Washingtonians of every age, race and ethnicity — teenagers and seniors, blacks and whites — registered double-digit increases in support of legalization. Overall, 63 percent are in favor.

Even among those who oppose legalization, nearly half support relaxing punishment for marijuana possession to a fine of $100 or less.

Washington D.C. will likely be joining Alaska and Oregon during the 2014 Election by placing a cannabis legalization initiative on the ballot. If that happens, all three initiatives have a great chance of passing. They would join Colorado and Washington in legalizing and regulating cannabis. Washington D.C. would be unique in that it’s not a state. I hope the federal government respects the will of Washington D.C. voters in the event that the initiative makes the ballot and passes. It seems that legalizing cannabis in our nation’s capitol hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. While we are seeing great progress at the federal level recently, it would seem that ending marijuana prohibition where Congress and the President work, and the sky not falling, will only continue our momentum, especially with freedom fighters like Earl Blumenauer (who you can hear from at our conference in September) leading the way.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.