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 — By now, most are aware of the landmark first sale of medical cannabis in the District of Columbia, with the purchases of medicine that took place at Capital City Care earlier this week. This marked the first time in at least seven decades the medical cannabis was legally sold in the District, and [...]
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WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 15 years after voters in Washington, DC approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana, patients in the nation’s capital can finally access their medicine from safe and legal avenues. On Monday, Capital City Care, one of three approved dispensaries in DC, conducted the very first legal medical marijuana sales in the city, supplying [...]
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WASHINGTON, DC — Nearly 70% of Washington, DC voters approved the use of medical marijuana in 1998, and now, nearly fifteen years later, the first medical marijuana dispensary is providing cannabis to patients in our nation’s capital.
Capital City Care, the first of three dispensaries allowed to open in the District, began serving patients Monday evening.
When voters approved voters approved a city wide referendum allowing medical marijuana in 1998, nobody expected it would take nearly 15 years and an act of Congress to provide medicine to patients.
After years of blocking funding, Congress finally gave approval to the medical marijuana program in 2009, which began a rigorous 3 year regulatory process for dispensaries which was only recently completed. Dispensaries were expected to open earlier this year, but the program faced numerous delays in the licensing procedure.
Now, for the nine patients currently enrolled in the District’s medical marijuana program, the wait is finally over.
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WASHINGTON, DC – A study by a group of civil rights lawyers found black people in Washington are arrested for minor drug offenses at a higher rate than other races.
The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs presented its study, which analyzed arrest statistics from 2009 through 2011, Friday, The Washington Post reported.
The authors of the report found that eight of 10 adults arrested in Washington are black, and nine of 10 people arrested on the charge of simple drug possession are black. However, only 47 percent of the city’s population is black, the study found.
“Police are spending an enormous amount of time resolving behavior that is not life-threatening,” said Roderic V.O. Boggs, executive director of the lawyers’ group.
The report a month after the American Civil Liberties Union found Washington police were arresting people for marijuana possession 60 percent more in 2010 than 2001.
Meanwhile, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said her department has “not prioritized marijuana arrests. Since day one, my priority has been combating violent crime, and the District is safer as a result.”
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