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D.C. marijuana legalization proposal coming from David Grosso

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D.C. Councilman David Grosso will become the latest member of the city's legislative board to introduce a bill that would decriminalize marijuana in the district, his spokesman says.

Grosso, an at-large councilmember who was elected to his seat in 2012, says that marijuana arrests in Washington are the equivalent of the city's "Stop and Frisk" policy and disproportionately targets the black community.

His call for marijuana legalization joins one made by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, who introduced his bill that proposed the decriminalization of marijuana in July.

Grosso's plan would authorize the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to issue licenses for D.C. businesses to produce and cell pot and marijuana products. It'd also establish a 15-percent tax on the sale of marijuana and related products.

Wells' proposal would have made possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in the district a civil offense that carries a $100 fine.

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