The other way to legalize marijuana

11/4/14–As written, order D.C.’s Initiative 71 embodies a different approach to cannabis legalization than the laws already in effect in Colorado and Washington state. Those systems involve more or less the same policies that now apply to alcohol: private, for-profit production and sale, regulated and taxed by the state. By contrast, the proposed D.C. law won’t allow any commercial activity. District residents will be able to grow a limited number of plants, possess a limited amount of the resulting cannabis, and give away—but not sell—whatever they don’t want to smoke themselves. The system is called “grow and give.” Read