Add Washington DC as another marijuana tourism destination. Yeah, I’d need to light up too after walking around the National Mall. The legalization set for today is different from Colorado and Washington. Don’t expect to get rich off selling the drug.
In fact, it is still illegal to sell marijuana within DC, but you can ‘gift’ an ounce to anyone over the age of 21. I feel a barter system coming on, and wasn’t this what bitcoin was essentially made for?
Of course, it wouldn’t be Washington DC without Congress getting some face time. Enter GOP Utah Rep Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the Oversight Committee. He’s not a fan of what he calls “willful violation of the law.” He even threatens city leaders with jail. “You can go to prison for this. We’re not playing a little game here.”
Oh wow, Congress isn’t playing a game. I believe that revelation deserves a CNN special.
You also have to love how a republican hates the will of the people and sides with the big, bad federal government.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser decided to call the bluff of Congress and proceed with the decriminalization/legalization of marijuana in the district. She said DC would not be bullied. Don’t worry, it’s Congress. Half of them already act stoned out of their minds.
The new law, or Initiative 71, allows anyone over the age of 21 to possess, grow, smoke and share marijuana. I love the share part. Who honestly buys that hippy part? Though it would make for some awesome birthday presents. Hmm, new tie or an ounce of marijuana. Decisions…
There are some caveats. It is only legal on DC land, not federal land. That means you better not get caught on the National Mall with your dime bag. Subsidized public housing is also a no-go zone for the new law. How hard this ban will be enforced is up for debate.
Initiative 71 is largely seen as a symbolic legalization. It joins Colorado, Washington and Alaska in legalizing the drug. The thought is that if the seat of federal power legalizes marijuana, so goes the country.
“This is a major milestone on the road to ending marijuana prohibition in the United States,” said Robert Capecchi of the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that advocates for legalization.
Considering the absurd money in the industry, the train has already left the station. It’s just a matter of time before legalization sweeps the nation.
Besides, what the world needs is love and a strong hit.
IMG Credit: Hemp Beach