DC Wants Your Opinions About How It Should Handle Legalized Marijuana

marijuana nugs beautiful orange and green hbtv hemp beach tvMarijuana hasn’t been legalized in D.C. just yet. Initiative 71, which addresses legalization, is on the ballot right now, however, as early voting continues and the District preps for its Nov. 4 election. If it passes, it could change the landscape for cannabis here in the nation’s capital. Looking ahead, the D.C. Council wants to be prepared, so it’s hosting an Oct. 30 hearing that will welcome public input on the topic.

Councilmembers Vincent Orange and Jack Evans announced the joint public hearing, which will be held at the Wilson Building at 11:00 a.m. Since the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 would provide a framework for licensing and regulation for marijuana use and sales, the council is seeking comments on how that might be rolled out.

Anyone wishing to speak should contact D.C.’s Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs by Thursday, according to an official notice:

Individuals and representative of organizations who wish to testify at the public hearing are asked to contact Faye Caldwell of the Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs at (202) 727-6683 or by email at fealdwell@dccouncil.us and provide their name(s), address, telephone number, email address and organizational affiliation, if any, by close of business Thursday, October 23, 2014. Each witness is requested to bring 20 copies of his/her written testimony. Representatives of organizations and governments agencies will be limited to 5 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Individual witnesses will be limited to 3 minutes.
Written statements will be accepted as part of the official record as well through Nov. 10 for anyone unable to attend the hearing.

Even if Initiative 71 passes, the council may face additional obstacles ahead of implementing legalization. Previously, Congress stalled D.C.’s efforts to introduce medical marijuana. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has already gone on the record to say that she will fight any attempts by the federal government to interfere in what she deemed “local control of local affairs.”

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