Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in the District of Columbia

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director July 10, 2013

    Today, DC City Council Member Tommy Wells introduced legislation that would decriminalize personal possession amounts of marijuana in Washington, DC.

    Under the proposed measure, the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana would become a civil infraction, similar to a parking ticket, with a fine of no more than $100. Recent survey data released by Public Policy Polling in April 2013 revealed that 75% of DC residents favored this reform.

    “This reform cannot come soon enough,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “The District of Columbia has the highest arrest rate per capita for marijuana charges of any city in the country and those arrests are disproportionately impacting people of color, who are about 8 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana charges than their white counterparts, despite similar use rates.”

    NORML will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward.

    39 Responses to “Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in the District of Columbia”

    1. Ben says:

      re: Matt MF Roberts’ comment

      There is at least one benefit:
      they, within that region, have declared cannabis to be potentially legitimate.

      While I agree, it is typical they benefit first, and the most. Things will break down in our favor.

      Keep up the fight.
      Support NORML.
      Make our voices and votes heard and felt.

    2. Matt MF Roberts says:

      This is utter and complete bull shit. This will give all of the greedy and strenuous law makers in Congress the ability to smoke weed whenever they choose to do so. If anything this is another win for them. They choose to arbitrarily abuse their ability to utilize insider trading to gain afoot in our economic failure. This is not a win for marijuana supporters, but rather another win for those A**holes in congress. Congratulations for abusing the rules once again. I wish they would actually do something for the general public. I’m so sorry to those fellow freedom fighters out there, but this is over all a giant lose. I also apologize for my misuses of grammar and punctuation, for I am but a lowly engineer in wait for my chance to aid the fight against these greedy mo-fo’s.

      Fight Hard and Die Free

      Matt Mo-Fu**ing Roberts

    3. MotherEarthsChoiceNow says:

      Go DC….GO!!!

      Set the tone for the rest of the Nation!
      Go 4 It*****

    4. SevenLeaf says:

      Whether you believe in God or not, as a Christian it is my religious right to partake of anything God Himself gave to man. Gen 1:29. Marijuana is a gift from God almighty. It should be 100% legal for whatever you want to do with it. If there is an income or sales tax that applies to you, put it down as self employment and “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” other than that there should be no taxes, and no regulation. It is a harmless plant and when used responsibly, hurts absolutely no one. Even if a child ate the most potent brownie ever made, it would just sleep for a long time! what parent doesn’t need a good break. Ridlin is fine but pot isn’t. Come on. man-made zombie chemical formulas or the best chill medicine you can find. And God made it and Gave it to us.

    5. Ben says:

      re: Anonymous says:
      July 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm

      “See who wants to piss off large voting blocs in the two states you can’t win the White House without.”

      Very interesting point…

    6. Chris says:

      Of course, make it legal for pain relief and recreational purposes, strictly contolled of course.

    7. Anonymous says:

      Haven’t said it in a while but here goes again. You want to go nuclear in this thing. Organize strong movements in Florida and Ohio. The last few presidential elections were decided largely by those two swing states. See who wants to piss off large voting blocs in the two states you can’t win the White House without.

    8. Flin says:

      right ther right ther be whats importances. Be trip over nithings but be a plant be throughing brother in jail and shit for a weed man. How abouts them poloitician be tested in urine yeah how bout that. why is it they not have to piss in the cup at there works. be a boudle standerd all the why.

      flyin flinn baby

    9. TheOracle says:

      There should be no fine at all, none whatsoever. Cannabis crimes (non-crimes) should have the zero priority rating as far as creating a police record, spending D.C. public funds, and to include zero priority on a monetary fine of $0.00. Then the feds would have to do the cannabis policing themselves. It’s no different than states basically saying we’ve legalized it in our way and we’re not going to help you feds enforce cannabis prohibition anymore so you’ll have to do it yourselves.

      See if you can change the bill to that and still get a majority of City Council to pass it. There’s no mention that it gives any protection against someone losing their professional license for whatever in D.C. If there’s no police documentation, there’s nothing to pull somebody’s license, driver’s license, beauticians license or license to practice law or whatever.

      Don’t continue to do the feds’ job for them.

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