Ubiquitous on nearly every other corner, disadvantaged communities have an oversaturation of liquor stores, and tobacco advertisements. We believe two recreational drug industries targeting our communities is enough.
It is currently legal to grow and use and share marijuana in Washington D.C. There are also stores where those who use marijuana medicinally can procure their products. Further calls for marijuana commercialization are fueled by greed not need.
Commercialized recreational marijuana will follow in the footsteps of Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco and is unnecessary and harmful to the economic, mental and physical health of our communities.
'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.'
We are committed to protecting our communities and from the consequences of commercialized marijuana. Looking at the sobering costs in health care, education, accidents, lost productivity and law enforcement as a result of commercialized substance use, and addiction-for- profit companies, we oppose the establishment of pot shops in D.C.
We envision a city free from a commercial marijuana industry. We've seen the predatory tactics of the alcohol and Big Tobacco industries and believe that we do not need to repeat mistakes of the past.