4/20 Is Here And Legalization In DC May Not Be Far Behind!

by Nicole Mills · April 18, 2014

The recreational use of marijuana has become increasingly kosher due to the legalization in Colorado and other states' flexible legislation. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, pop star idols to the young and impressionable, often post pictures of themselves smoking what appears to be weed-like substances. A drug that was once reserved for the stereotypical hippy has spread its wings and is flying high, so to speak, throughout the entire population. Whether you're a soccer mom or a Fortune 500 CEO, the social stigma of smoking weed has increasingly fallen to the wayside. And now, with this weekend's 4/20 holiday, there are a lot of reasons for marijuana supporters to celebrate with the recent legislation movement in D.C.!

In November, the residents of D.C. will finally have a chance to vote on the legalization of marijuana.  Although there has been staunch opposition from many, last month the DC Board of Elections voted to allow the measure to move forward, a huge win for those a favor of the legalization effort.

The new bill would allow a person 21-years and older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to three marijuana plants at home.  It's a large shift from the current law which calls for a year in prison if found in possession.  This legislation would give DC the most relaxed marijuana laws after Colorado and Washington.

25,000 signatures are needed before being placed on the November ballot and afterwards could be struck down by Congress although this has only happened three times in the past 35 years.

This follows on the heels of the decriminalization of marijuana, which will reduces the penalty for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana to a $25 fine (less than that of a parking ticket!), which was signed by Mayor Vincent Gray last month and is on its way to Congress for final approval.

Of course, there is going to be opposition to any measure of this kind. However, a recent Washington Post poll found that over 63% of adults in D.C. would be in favor of the law.  The D.C. Cannabis Campaign couldn’t be happier with that news, as an organization that is dedicate to getting the measure passed.

This 4/20 they have more than just weed to celebrate - and they know it.  They even released a legalization-themed playlist just to get you in the decriminalization mood.  So, whether you could care less about this weekend's high holiday (and we're not talking about Easter) or have been waiting for this day impatiently for the past 365 days, know that the coming events will be one huge step for the marijuana fans in the District and an even larger step for Grateful Dead fans.

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