A bill that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana as well as regulating its licensure and sale was formally introduced to the D.C. Council on Tuesday by Councilman David Grosso (I-At Large).
As discussed last week, the legislation would remove all penalties for possession of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and over. It would also authorize the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to license businesses to produce, process and sell marijuana. A 15 percent excise tax would be levied on its sale to go towards substance-abuse prevention programs.
Similar laws were passed in Washington and Colorado in 2012, and they will begin issuing licenses later this year.