Tag: DC statehood

Congress must allow D.C. to regulate legal marijuana

Congress must allow D.C. to regulate legal marijuana

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09/13/2019

In 1998, D.C. legalized medical marijuana. But in the two decades since, Congress has blocked D.C. from spending any money on regulating marijuana, whether for medical purposes or recreational use, which voters legalized in 2014. As a result, it is legal in D.C. to possess up to two ounces of marijuana if you are over…

D.C. Should Decriminalize Sex Work 

D.C. Should Decriminalize Sex Work 

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07/08/2019

Early this June, D.C. councilmembers Robert White, Anita Bonds, and Brianne Nadeau introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex work in the District. The Community and Safety Health Amendment Act of 2019 is designed to remove certain criminal penalties for engaging in sex work in order to promote public health and safety. However, despite not…

End the Disenfranchisement of D.C. Felons

End the Disenfranchisement of D.C. Felons

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07/02/2019

Early this June, at-large Councilmember Robert C. White Jr. introduced the Restore the Vote Amendment Act of 2019. This bill would make D.C. the first jurisdiction in the country to restore voting rights to felons who are incarcerated, reversing the felony disenfranchisement instituted in D.C. in 1955 as part of the D.C. Election Act.  This…

Don’t Deny D.C. Statehood

Don’t Deny D.C. Statehood

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02/01/2019

The 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, threw D.C. residents into the national spotlight, but also brought an unintended consequence for statehood advocates. Washington City Paper argued that local and national news coverage of the shutdown inaccurately portrayed D.C. as solely a government town, populated entirely by transient federal employees, promoting an incomplete…

Senate holds first hearing on D.C. statehood in 21 years

Senate holds first hearing on D.C. statehood in 21 years

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09/18/2014

Activists and District leaders crowded the Dirksen Senate Office Building this Monday as the Senate held its first hearing on the issue of D.C. statehood in 21 years. If D.C. is admitted as the 51st state—a prospect that supporters acknowledge as being unlikely—it will exclude all lands currently utilized by the federal government, such as…

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