The Chances Of D.C. Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Sales Are Slowly Declining

October 8, 2019
D.C. is currently unable to regulate recreational marijuana use.

iStock / Getty Images Plus


Despite recreational marijuana being legalized in The District for nearly five years now, marijuana sales continue to operate within a gray market. The current legal way to obtain marijuana for recreational use is either through pop-up events or trading.

And that may continue, according to DCist.

Earlier this year, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser introduced the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019. The bill aimed to give D.C. residents a safer way to acquire marijuana and introduce despensaries to the city, according to a press release.

So far the legislation has remained stagnant and has not made it past the Senate.Republicans have included language that bars D.C. from using its own funds to support a commericial market for marijuana within the District.

“I think every single Democrat and Republican on this committee would oppose a provision in these bills or any other bills that told their specific state—tell Louisiana what they must do, just Louisiana, or just New Hampshire or any other state,” said Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, according to Marijuana Moment. “I have railed against this idea of this Congress trying to micromanage the District of Columbia.”

The plan was presented to D.C. Council.

"We are confident that the mayor, the Council, and other District officials can lawfully engage in the legislative process, including the introduction of legislation and hearings, to consider the merits of sensible marijuana regulation,” a spokesperson for Karl Racine’s office said in  May. “Doing so does not constitute enactment of legislation.”

D.C. Council has not yet scheduled a hearing on the topic.

DCMJ planned a "Congress, Pass The Joint Rally" for Tuesday.

Follow @WPGC on Twitter and Instagram