By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
The pot possession to prison pipeline has historically affected communities of color and become another factor in inequities faced, but now District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Boswer is emphasizing the need for marijuana legalization and law reform with her campaign #SafeCannabisDC.
“It’s time to legalize marijuana. For years, marijuana possession has been a pipeline to prison for people of color. We must replace that pipeline with jobs, equity, and pathways to prosperity,” the mayor wrote on Twitter while promoting a petition for the Safe Cannabis Sales Act.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is pushing for marijuana legalization. (Courtesy Photo)
The Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2019 builds on Initiative 71, which decriminalized marijuana usage in Washington, D.C., and institutes a legal sales and tax program in order to create a safer environment, while also offering clarity on cannabis usage and products. In addition, the SAFE Cannabis Sales ACT was also introduced to promote and ensure justice and equity, so that the benefits of a legal sales and tax regime could go towards assisting and boosting, versus historically harming, vulnerable communities. The slogan for #SafeCannabisDC is “Safety, Equity, Clarity.”
With #SafeCannabisDC the sales and purchase of marijuana would be tracked and taxed, and comes with rules and limitations building on current cannabis laws.
If passed, the Safe Cannabis Sales Act would offer more latitude in how residents can purchase marijuana- with restrictions of course.
Consumers must be at least 21 and have a government I.D. to enter and make purchases in cannabis establishments. Consumers are limited to a daily purchase of no more than one once of cannabis flower per day, five grams of cannabis concentrate, 16 ounces of marijuana infused edibles or 72 ounces of liquid cannabinoid products. Consumers cannot ingest marijuana in public places,