Marijuana decriminalization has been discussed often in D.C. this year, and the conversation will continue now that a petition to allow voters to decide whether or not a maximum of two ounces of marijuana should be legalized for recreational use has gained enough signatures to place it on ballots later this year. 

According to the Associated Press, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign turned in over 55,000 signatures to officials yesterday—more than double the required amount to put the matter on November ballots.

Despite this achievement, a bill signed by Mayor Vincent Gray earlier this year to reduce the punishment of possession to $25, and a Washington Post poll which showed that 80 percent of D.C. residents support decriminalization of legalization, House Republicans to block the process persist. 

Still, this is another victory for semi-legal weed in D.C.

[via Associated Press and Washington Post]

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