A 2016 "smoke in" in downtown Washington, D.C.

A 2016 "smoke in" in downtown Washington, D.C.

In 2014, the D.C. Council legalized possession of recreational marijuana, but soon afterward, Congress stalled D.C.’s proposal to tax and regulate it. For four years, local cannabis growers, sellers and users have instead operated in a legal grey area, exchanging marijuana through the “gifting” economy.

Now, after winning reelection, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced her plans to pursue a tax and regulating scheme for marijuana. What would this plan look like, and how would it affect those who have been fighting for and against fully legalized cannabis? Kojo speaks with a local reporter and cannabis activists.

Produced by Mark Gunnery


  • Rachel Kurzius Senior Editor, DCist; @Curious_Kurz
  • Will Jones Special Assistant for Communications and Outreach, Smart Approaches to Marijuana; @learnaboutsam
  • Lisa Scott Founder of D.C. Cannabis Business Association
  • Adam Eidinger Co-founder of DCMJ; Social Action Director, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps; @aeidinger

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