D.C. Residents to Vote on Marijuana Legalization

Measure qualifies for November ballot.


Washington voters in November will decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, pushing the nation's capital into the growing political effort to roll back prohibition on the drug.

The city's board of elections today said a measure qualified for the ballot that seeks to let residents grow cannabis indoors, share it with friends and possess as much as 2 ounces of pot. Buying or selling it, though, would remain illegal.

The effort in the District of Columbia, whose laws are subject to oversight by Congress, will provide a test of the federal government's tolerance toward a movement to legalize marijuana that has spawned campaigns around the country.