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Mayor Muriel Bowser Aims to Legalize the Sale of Marijuana in D.C.

November 8, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

D.C. residents may soon be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana with no worries, thanks to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

D.C.'s Mayor aims to legalize the sale of marijuana in the District in her second term. 

Currently, possessing under two ounces or less of marijuana is legal in the city but the transfer is only legal 'so long as there is no payment made or any other type of exchange of goods or services," the law reads.

Bowser believes now is a good time to legalize the sale of the plant.

"We have the ability to possess marijuana but no legal way to buy marijuana. As long as we have the ability to possess marijuana, which is our law, we also need the ability to procure marijuana legally. Which we don’t have now," Bowser said.

Smoking, eating, or drinking marijuana – or holding or carrying a lighted roll of paper or other lighted smoking equipment filled with marijuana – in any public space, is still illegal under D.C. law. 

Bowser plans to submit the legislation early in 2019.

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