D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has introduced legislation to legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis in the city.
The Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021 also specifically uplifts low-income residents of color who have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis, the mayor’s office said.
“This is about safety, equity and justice,” Bowser said. “Through this legislation, we can fulfill the will of D.C. voters, reduce barriers for entering the cannabis industry, and invest in programs that serve residents and neighborhoods hardest hit by the criminalization of marijuana.”
If passed by the end of this year, adult-use cannabis sales could start by Oct. 1, 2022, the mayor’s office said. Products would be restricted to persons 21 and older and taxed at 17%.