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D.C. Activists Get Ready For Legalization to Finally Take Effect

By all accounts, marijuana legalization will take effect at the end of this week in Washington., D.C. At least, that’s what Adam Eidinger is expecting.

“Really we have to wait for the D.C. Register to have it published as a law,” says Eidinger, who chairs the D.C. Cannabis Campaign — the grassroots organization responsible for getting Initiative 71 on the November ballot. “Though once that happens I would think the Republicans will jump on that.”

Ever since Initiative 71 — which will allow District residents to legally possess up to two ounces of marijuana — was overwhelmingly passed through a voter initiative, lawmakers and residents alike have feared that some members of Congress would prevent it from taking effect, as they’re wont to do. There was even that rider in the House Appropriations Committee’s $1.1 trillion spending bill barring the District from implementing marijuana legalization.

But the legislation was submitted to Congress for the 30-day review period and it’s looking like it’ll pass, which begs the question: what happened? [From the DCist]


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