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


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.


  1. So your saying he was in the most stressful office in the land, and he only drank 1 beer and no cannabis?

  2. Paul McClancy on

    IMO, that makes cannabis a more honest vice than alcohol. Humanity’s favorite drug is culturally accepted by the fact that it doubles as a beverage. Something which serves a dual purpose, being an antiseptic in the absence of clean water, and a source of calories, is bound to have a greater sway in choice of drug.

    The mistake in some prohibitionists’ arguments is that alcohol is somehow a more responsible drug since you MIGHT not get psychoactive effects when imbibed.

  3. He drank a beer, he didn’t get drunk. I’m 100% for legalization and think it is beyond obvious that Weeds is less harmful to society and the individual user than alcohol, but you can drink without getting drunk.. You can’t smoke a joint without getting high, and being stoned as president isn’t a good look

  4. The man will drink a beer with friends. He has used cannabis so not completely naive. He says it is safer than drinking alcohol. Prohibition is quite obviously a racial issue as well. 3rd world countries already know of the benefits since cannabis provides most of the world already with medicine all the time 24/7 regardless what human law is on the books. Pretty much all the older and sick people use medically as they always have. Most people on earth dont have money for synthetics. So they will keep doing what they always have done to survive.
    Obama, as an anti-colonialist legal history buff, would find none of this news shocking like anyone who might visit a 3rd world country and venture into native territory would find. But if he botches it, the elections are soon anyway, and he would have to listen to a backlash from his base with shame. However, given his moves with crack laws and pardons, we can only hope cannabis legalization is done asap/next to restore justice and liberty to the world.

  5. Oresident Obama and all other politictions that 57,000 people is just from 1 major city in the U.S if you took the same equil number from 1 major city from all 52 state thats over 29,000,000 million people who want marijauna laws to change to stop prohibition. Enough is enough legalize America listen to the people end this war.

  6. I want to see Obama smoke a J in the oval office for peace talks! People scared of smiling happily? :-)

  7. DC is particularly important because all those politicians and lawyers will have to see firsthand how well legalization works and will find it more and more difficult to oppose it. Maybe even a few will be tempted to toke up now that it’s legal (of course many of the hypocrites have done so already) and they’ll learn for themselves how wonderful the experience can be.

  8. Now is the time DC! How many people voted for Obama just for this? Should make his approval numbers look more respectable by giving what the voters want.

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