September 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Bill seeks to legalize marijuana in D.C.
David Grosso, D.C. Council, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) on Sept. 17 introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital.(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

WASHINGTON—D.C. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) discussed his bill that would legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital during an interview with the Washington Blade on Sept. 20.

“The bottom line is the war on drugs when it comes to this issue and marijuana has not worked,” he said as he attended the D.C. Center’s fall reception at the Reeves Center. “It’s been a failure and so what we need to do is reconcile that and come back and legalize marijuana and make it regulated.”

The bill that Grosso introduced on Sept. 17 has yet to attract any co-sponsors. Grosso is among the Council members who back the bill that D.C. Council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) introduced in July that would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

Grosso told the Blade he is not concerned about whether members of Congress will try to block his bill during the congressional review period if D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signs it into law.

“I don’t think anybody will mess with it,” Grosso said. “The tide is turning in this country toward legalization.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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