Legal marijuana isn't a new concept for us. We've been hanging out in L.A. remember? And, apparently pot isn't that big of thang for you guys in D.C. either - over 11% of people over the age of 26 here smoke weed. Today, the Washington Post went out on the streets and found, amongst the people openly rolling blunts, Adams Morgan, a 50-year-old scientist who hopes to open a pot cafe called Wakey Bakey. Nice.
The nation's capital is home to the leaders of our country. It's also home to, according to Federal surveys, the nation's leaders in pot consumption. That 11% statistic is the highest percentage of any state in the nation.
"Washington is among the areas in the country where marijuana use is most," said Jon Gettman, a criminal justice professor at Shenandoah University and a former leader of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "The number of colleges in the city is one factor. Another factor, and a subtle one, is the degree that people feel open enough to answer."
Today's bill before the council would allow physicians to recommend-but not prescribe- up to two ounces of pot in a 30-day period for patients with chronic, debilitating conditions. However, it would, of course, also serve as a steppingstone toward broader legalization.