Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in the District of Columbia

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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.

    41 responses to “Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced in the District of Columbia”

    1. Anonymous says:

      yeah, lets make sure the politicians can have their weed

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      Harry J. Anslinger told us that the main reason for making marijuana illegal was its effect on the ‘degenerate races’, but they continually insist the vainglorious drug war is not racist.

    3. shawn says:

      nice, this is amazing, next we need to legalize in california along with hemp. we should have a bill to legalize it in every state at once, along with hemp, possession, and of course pipes.

    4. Being fined isn’t decriminalized, ot would still be 100% illegal. would be a nice step though.

    5. Bill says:

      Legalizing just gives them more power over it. Cigarettes aren’t legalized. Decriminalize. By legalizing it allows someone to ennact legaslagion in its behalf and tax it.

    6. Thirsty Mendleson says:

      It should be decriminalized everywhere! Alcohol is legal and drunk drivers kill mass amounts of innocent people every year its ridiculous. The day the world finally realize its stupid pot its legal I am going to buy the best vaporizer and celebrate the right way!

    7. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      I am not even slightly excited. This kind of measure, is something that they will probably vote down. It’s time, to start introducing more bills to outright legalize small amounts, not just decriminalize. Marijuana needs to be taken to a legal level, away from the law. This just makes the law deal with it in a different way. That is not enough, not near enough. People out there are drinking too much, and then dying from it. People don’t smoke to much pot, and then die. People who smoke too much pot, are just more stoned then others… no harm done, and then they sober later. People don’t get overly addicted, that they near need weed. People don’t go mad crazy, over running out of weed. When you are out, you are out. It’s more of a “Yeah well, so I’m out of weed.” it sucks, but I did run out. Life goes on, and it doesn’t bother me to some sort of crazy uncomfortable level.
      DC should fully legalize, as it would give the feds even more to think about.
      Here’s Hoping, That Someone Starts A Legalize Bill In DC. 😉

      [Editor’s note: The DC ‘decrim’ bill is co-sponsored by 10 of the 12 members of the City Council, so passage seems very likely. Reformers would surely like to legalize cannabis in DC, but since DC is not a state and is controlled by Congress ultimately, decrim is about as far as reformers and policymakers can achieve without Congress stepping in.]

      • Denny Strausser Jr says:

        I do realize that this is very old. What I find unbelievable is that DC did somehow manage to legalize small amounts of cannabis. Change for the whole country is coming, there’s no doubt about that. The only real question there is when. There’s no question of (if) as (if) is a has-been. I wouldn’t even think of it that way, if it wasn’t for the four states, and DC.

        I clicked on (Notify me of followup comments via e-mail) so I’ll know it if you reply. 😉

    8. John says:

      There is a bill to legalize and regulate on the federal level. They’ve just been ignoring it and won’t talk about it. It went to the committee early this year. Search opencongress.gov it’s there.

    9. Emmitt says:

      Thought the same bill was pending in TEXAS… We desperately need to get on board with the movement !!

    10. Vape Forest says:

      Go Washington DC! You’ll all be there soon enough.