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Poll: 65% Plan to Vote for D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Signatures for Initiative 71 being turned it

Efforts to legalize marijuana in our nation’s capital appear on track for an easy win at the ballot box this November. Initiative 71, which would legalize possession of up to two ounces with limited home growing for adults 21 and over, has the support of 65 percent of likely voters, according to a new NBC4/Washington Post/Marist Poll.

The poll found just 33 percent plan to vote against the legalization initiative and just two percent are still undecided. The initiative has majority support in all parts of the city.

Barring something radical taking place, the initiative should easily be approved by voters in six weeks, but because of the incredibly unfair and undemocratic rules governing D.C. that doesn’t assure victory. The people of D.C. are denied the basic rights of democratic representation and self-governance.

The federal government technically has complete control over all local laws in the District. Before becoming law this initiative must go to Congress for a 60 legislative day review period. Even though people of D.C. are denied the right to vote for any representative in Congress, Congress has the power to override laws approved by the local D.C. government.

Congress has abused the power to stop D.C. from adopting medical marijuana for over a decade even though the people of D.C. voted for it by an overwhelming margin. Maybe this time Congress will listen to the will of the electorate.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at