A District of Columbia man who grows marijuana praises the legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana as local officials press on with new legislation despite Congressional pushback. Gavino Garay reports.
Legal marijuana for D.C. Despite Congressional pushback, District Mayor Muriel Bowser told her staff to enforce the new law, which residents voted for in November. It's something marijuana grower Carlos praises. Worried about his safety, the 42-year-old father of five asked Reuters to conceal his identity. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CARLOS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MARIJUANA GROWER, SAYING: "I'm very happy that for other people who were more afraid than I was to grow, that they can now do it, in complete, without any fear of any repercussions." He sees a booming industry on the horizon for the nation's capital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CARLOS, WASHINGTON, D.C. MARIJUANA GROWER, SAYING: "Being that it's legal, within the next five years, it's going to be a booming industry in this city. I really believe that, and I hope to be at the forefront of it all." Adults in Washington can now posses up to 2 ounces of marijuana and grow six plants at home. What's not legal is smoking in public -- Though the local ballot passed by 65 percent, not everyone thinks it's so smart. Community activist Will Jones says this paves the way for kids using drugs. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WILL JONES, OPPONENT OF MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION, SAYING: "Yes, D.C. is breaking the law. And to me, again though, this isn't so much Republican, Democrat, Congress, D.C. This is the future of our youth, this is also again the wellbeing of our communities, and what is the wise, responsible decision to make here, not what does everyone want, what does one party want --- it really should not be unfortunately lost in all of these debates." Though Carlos' pot plants are tucked away in his daughter's room... he may soon bring the plants out of the closet.