As the political will to enact federal legalization of medicinal or recreational marijuana continues to evade Senate and Congress, smaller jurisdictions across the country are putting their own regulation ordinance on the books. But this time, such proposed legislation is striking close to home for federal lawmakers; Washington D.C.’s Mayor Muriel E. Bowser introduced a bill on Thursday that would give the go-ahead to recreational cannabis sales in the nation’s capital.
“We want to be able to regulate, we want to be able to make sure we are collecting our fair share in taxes, we want to invest those taxes in ways that affect communities that have been disproportionately affected, and we want to train and hire D.C. residents,” Bowser told the Washington Post.
The mayor torpedoed the city council’s attempt to legalize dispensaries in 2016, when she cautioned that the moment was not right for such an expansion of access.
Bowser’s plan includes language aimed at correcting the War on Drugs’ devastating impact on D.C.’s communities. Criminal records of misdemeanor marijuana possession charges would be automatically sealed. The bill also presents a 60 percent quote of cannabis entrepreneurs and employees to be made up of city residents. The council