A referendum to legalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia is slated to appear on the November ballot, the district's Board of Elections ruled Wednesday.

The D.C. Cannabis Campaign said it submitted more than 57,000 signatures from registered voters to get the proposal on the ballot. Fewer than 24,000 are needed to qualify.

If approved, "Measure 71" would allow people over the age of 21 to carry up to two ounces of marijuana. It would also allow people to grow a limited number of plants for personal use.


The proposal would not touch on the sale of marijuana. The Cannabis Campaign noted that District law restricts ballot measures from addressing the issue. 

The proposal, if passed, is sure to stir the ire of some Republicans in Congress. House Republicans already attempted to block a marijuana decriminalization law in D.C., which requires only a small fine for those caught carrying small amounts of the drug or smoking it in their homes.

In June, the House  passed a measure pushed by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) that would block funding for the decriminalization law. 

The congressman's office said he would attempt to block the legalization measure as well, if it passes. 

"Congressman Harris will most likely continue the fight against the legalization of marijuana in D.C," spokeswoman Erin Montgomery said in an email. 

Washington Post poll earlier this year found 63 percent of residents in the District supported legalization. 

Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana in 2012. Similar measures to regulate the sale of the drug will be included on the ballot in November in states including Oregon and Alaska.