WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stated that he supports decriminalizing marijuana, or removing criminal penalties associated with possession of under one ounce of cannabis. Currently, those caught with less than one ounce of marijuana in D.C. can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to […]
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WASHINGTON, DC – A bill that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults over 21 and set up a system of regulated marijuana commerce was introduced in the District of Columbia city council Tuesday. Filed by Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), the bill would give regulatory authority to the DC Alcoholic Beverages […]
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Council of the District of Columbia will consider legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in the District. Councilmember Tommy Wells, chair of the council’s Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, announced the proposal at a press conference Wednesday morning.
The measure would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana for individuals 18 years of age and older and replace them with a civil fine of $100, similar to a traffic ticket. Individuals under the age of 18 would face a civil fine of $100 and would be required to attend a drug and alcohol awareness program.
“The District’s current policy of arresting and prosecuting thousands of adults for marijuana possession each year is doing far more harm than good,” said Morgan Fox, communications manager for the D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. “Nobody should face life-altering criminal penalties simply for possessing a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and law enforcement officials’ time and attention would . . . . . READ MORE
WASHINGTON, DC — Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) will introduce legislation today before the Council of the District of Columbia that would eliminate criminal penalties under District law for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.
The legislation would subject a person in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana to a $100 civil fine. Juveniles additionally would have to complete a drug awareness program under the proposal. Failure by a juvenile to complete a drug awareness program within a year would result in the provision of a $200 fine and court-ordered community service.
Introduction of this legislation follows the release last month of a groundbreaking report by the American Civil Liberties Union that documented enormous racial disparities in arrests for marijuana possession in D.C.
The report also found that District of Columbia residents are arrested for marijuana possession at greater rates than residents of any U.S. state, and that D.. . . . . READ MORE
WASHINGTON, DC — Faced with the prospect of having District of Columbia marijuana policy determined directly by voters through the initiative process, at least two members of the DC Council are considering introducing legislation that would decriminalize pot possession in the nation’s capital.
The Washington Post reported the Council members Marion Berry (D-Ward 8) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are formulating a decriminalization bill, hoping to settle the matter before outside groups petition the issue onto the ballot.
Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) — who as chairman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee would shepherd the legislation — are formulating a proposal to eliminate criminal penalties for those caught with small amounts of cannabis or subject offenders to fines.
“Absolutely, it’s time we look at decriminalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia,” said Wells, who is chairman of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and who is running for mayor next year. “It’s time we enter the 21st century and stop criminalizing pe. . . . . READ MORE