September 25, 2013 | 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

2 Comments
  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to prison and are being given permanent criminal.records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Marijuana is the safest and healthiest recreational substance known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in jail today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let's end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  • the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING….half the country now supports it

    hundreds of thousands die from alcohol and tobacco each year, 0 die from marijuana, ever…

    America's war on drugs is a war on Americans…LOVE and FREEDOM, cali4life

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