Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

"District of Cannabis: Evaluating the Cannabis Legalization Regime in the Nation's Capital"

The title of this post is the title my student developed for his coming in-class discussion of the status of marijuana reform in Washington DC.  And here are the reading the student has assembled:
  • Ballot Initiative 71: The referendum that overwhelmingly passed after a vote by D.C. residents on On November 14, 2014, making it legal to posses up to two ounces of marijuana for medical use, to grow up to six cannabis plants, and to sell paraphernalia for drug use, but not to transfer marijuana for money.

  • DC's Marijuana Law: Explained: A brief video by the Washington Post that explains what "you need to know to smoke pot in DC" released after BI-71 became effective.

  • DC Council Warned Not to Regulate Marijuana: Detailing a letter from the District's AG to the DC Council warning that holding a hearing on regulating marijuana would be in violation of Congress' mandate that the Council not use any of its budget to regulate marijuana--an example of the tense cannabis standoff between Congress and D.C.'s self-governing body.

  • Weed is Legal in DC, so Why is No One Acting Like It?: New York Magazine article detailing the complex realities of marijuana laws in Washington, D.C. and their on-the-ground impact.

  • Marijuana Arrests Down 85% After One Year: According to data from the Metropolitan Police Department, "[o]verall, marijuana arrests [in D.C.] decreased by 85% from 2014 to 2015. Marijuana possession arrests fell from 1,840 in 2014 to just 32 in 2015."

  • Kush Gods Pleads Guilty: One of the first entrepreneurs to openly sell marijuana in the BI-71 created "gray market" pleads guilty on March 21, 2016 to two counts of selling marijuana to an undercover police officer.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2016/03/district-of-cannabis-evaluating-the-cannabis-legalization-regime-in-the-nations-capital.html

Assembled readings on specific topics, Initiative reforms in states, Recreational Marijuana Commentary and Debate, Recreational Marijuana State Laws and Reforms | Permalink

Comments

The tension between federal policy and policies in the District of Columbia are fascinating, and instructive on issues of federalism at play with marijuana legalization. How do marijuana legalization proponents feel about proposals for D.C. to be granted statehood to remedy some of the problems its residents experience regarding taxation without representation.

Posted by: Alex Holtzman | Mar 24, 2016 11:12:31 AM

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