D.C. to study possible licensing of Marijuana Clubs

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on February 03, 2016.

The District of Columbia Council has unanimously voted to study the possible licensing of marijuana clubs just ahead of the anniversary of legalization of pot in the U.S. capital. The council also extended a temporary ban on smoking marijuana in private clubs. A task force will soon submit its report on the establishment of marijuana clubs.

The District of Columbia (D.C.) had legalized recreational marijuana in February 2015. The law allows adults to possess small amount of marijuana and grow and consume it at home. However, it had to ban the sale of marijuana. Despite this, public smoking of pot has become very common in the region.

There were many Councilmembers, who opposed restricting recreational marijuana consumption to homes. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier have pushed for the permanent ban, but they faced stiff opposition from proponents, who argued that clubs would play a key role in the implementation of 2014 ballot initiative, which legalized pot in Washington.

Besides the District of Columbia, the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have legalized recreational marijuana. However, it still banned under federal law.

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