“About four months” is theoretically the absolute fastest that stores could begin selling recreational marijuana in the District after the D.C. Council adopts new legislation, according to Rabbi Jeff Kahn. As the operator of Takoma Wellness Center, one of D.C.’s three functioning medical marijuana dispensaries, he is uniquely positioned to provide insight into this question.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 20, 2014 8:00 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 14, 2014 10:10 am|
There is a good AP story about how initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure on the D.C. ballot, puts racial justice issues front and center in the drug policy debate. Unfortunately, it allows opponents of the measure to get away with claims that are simply not based in facts.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 6, 2014 8:17 am|
We will have to see if the New York Time has much impact on the West Coast but as a D.C. resident it is a refreshing counterpoint to the Washington Post’s error-filled and logically inconsistent editorial against the D.C. initiative.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 2, 2014 1:22 pm|
This November over 14 million American voters will have a chance to directly weigh in on the issue of marijuana reform. Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and the District of Columbia all have hugely significant marijuana measures on the ballot.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday September 18, 2014 4:46 pm|
Congress has abused the power to stop D.C. from adopting medical marijuana for over a decade even though the people of D.C. voted for it by an overwhelming margin. Maybe this time Congress will listen to the will of the electorate.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 15, 2014 8:20 am|
Despite overwhelming support for marijuana legalization among the residents of Washington D.C. the Washington Post’s editorial board has come out against Initiative 71, a legalization measure on the ballot this November. What is particular disappointing about their piece is they got the basic facts wrong, which completely undermines their main argument.
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 12, 2014 3:30 pm|
The historic level of Congressional dysfunction this year has indirectly delivered a victory for marijuana legalization efforts in the District of Columbia.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:17 pm|
The historically unproductive Congress has mostly been a burden on the country but one of the few unlikely benefactors of this dysfunction could be marijuana reform efforts in the District of Columbia.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 18, 2014 2:55 pm|
Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing marijuana isn’t enough.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 17, 2014 6:45 am|
The Council’s push for this new law was driven by racial justice concerns. According to the ACLU, the District had both one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the country and one of the greatest levels of racial disparity in these arrests. Despite similar marijuana use rates among whites and blacks, blacks were 8 times more likely to be arrested in D.C.
This new law may only be temporary because even more extensive marijuana reform could be coming to the District in the near future.