The editorial also talked about increased rates of “stoned driving” in Colorado, studies have shown that the reason the number of drivers who test positive for weed is up is because drug tests only detect marijuana’s chemical residue—which can stay in a user’s system for days or weeks—instead of actual inebriation. Fatalities on Colorado’s highways are actually down this year from a 13-year average.
TheWashington Post did support DC’s young marijuana decriminalization law, which changed possession of one ounce or less from a criminal charge to a civil offense payable by a $25 fine, but that’s about as much support for legalization that the paper gave up. It also voiced its concern that marijuana is a “gateway” to harder drugs, a statement that has been debunked over the past 15 years.
If marijuana is legalized in Washington DC, people would be allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use for people 21 and over, home cultivation of as many as six cannabis plants, and the permission to transfer as much as one ounce—without payment—to another consenting adult. One exception is that it wouldn’t create a regulated and taxed retail market like Colorado’s.
Polling done by the paper in January showed that 63 percent of DC residents favor legalization, which would make it a sure thing in the upcoming November elections.