District of Columbia Looking To Legalize Marijuana

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director September 17, 2013

    Today in Washington, DC, At Large City Councilman David Grosso (I) will introduce legislation before the District of Columbia City Council that seeks to eliminate all criminal and civil penalties for possessing small amounts of cannabis by adults over the age of 21, provide the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration with the authority to license and regulate the production and taxable sale of cannabis, and to seal the criminal records for those previously charged with cannabis-related crimes.norml_remember_prohibition_

    The introduction of this legislation proceeds a summer of an ACLU report on the disproportionate number of minorities arrested in the highest in the country per capita cannabis arrest region, a DPA/MPP-funded survey of DC residents supporting legalizing cannabis at 60%, the introduction of a cannabis decriminalization bill by Councilman Tommy Wells (which ten of twelve council members have co-signed) and finally with the Department of Justice memo issued a few weeks ago allowing states greater policy making autonomy regarding developing tolerant and forward-looking cannabis policies at the state level.



    48 responses to “District of Columbia Looking To Legalize Marijuana”

    1. Michael says:

      Given the enormous benefits of the medical side of marijuana, having it remain illegal is a crime against humanity.

    2. bobwv says:

      Get err done.

    3. Demonhype says:

      WOO HOO! As my dad said, that’s the center of the country! If this can’t get passed with 60% of the population supporting it (and climbing every day), we can officially stop calling ourselves a democracy and start the revolution.

      Though I look forward to even more momentum on legalization now that the fed has decided it’s not going to jump in and enforce in the states. I think that may be the main thing that has slowed the momentum at all–some people, even those who support legalization in spirit, were worried about what the fed would do, and for that reason they opposed it in practice out of fear. Without the threat of the fed over our heads, I’m looking forward to a veritable rainstorm of falling dominoes! And where better to start this than DC!


    4. Sherri says:

      Please people do not need to go to prison and now a felon! Hard working man you will ever 52 and now a l felon ! Master plumber! Now he caint even vote , gets payed way less caint find a place to rent felon never committed a crime in hi life . But he went to prison for growing weed for his wife who had cancer PLEASE don’t send no one to prison any more .he has 3 children and 2 grand children ! FOR wanting to save his wife so sad

    5. John Kuthe says:

      It’s coming! National legalization!!

      Slooooly but surely!

    6. Juniata says:

      If the capital of the United States becomes legal it will mean a lot for the rest of the country. I assume that the decision makers are taking that into consideration.

    7. TheOracle says:

      My question is: Will Congress step in to thwart it like they did initially when DC legalized MMJ?

      Bob Barr and his ilk of the time prevented it by blocking the counting of the votes for the ballot initiative and then basically disallowing any funding whatsoever be used in implementing it.

      That was Initiative 59 back in 1998. They held it up that way for 15 years, give or take a few months. It wasn’t until about July of 2013 that the obstacles were removed, and Capital City Care opened its doors.

      I hope this won’t be limited to citizens of the District of Columbia. Adults from the states and tourists from any country should be able to enjoy the freedom to use cannabis responsibly just as people have done for so long in Amsterdam.

      OBW, Berlin’s Kreuzberg district is trying to make cannabis coffeeshops legal there. It sure would be nice to see international progress. If DC does it, other countries ought to follow suit.

    8. Bobby says:

      If the drug laws were acctually intended to do the public any good why don’t they have laws against people being high on anything in public, and if someone reports something like that why dont they require those people to go to rehab and take drug tests instead of jail. If the government truly intented to benifit society thats what they would do. instead they don’t they send people to jail where they meet other criminals and get more bad ideas than before. after the government kid naps you lets you go after labeling you as a criminal and stealing future job opporunities what is a broke person to do that just got out of jail and can barely get a job at mcdoncals. whats stopping him from going back to drugs, nothing?? he gets back on drugs a cop that arrested him last time kid naps him again, but its “okay” because he’s just doing his job which is kidnapping you and locking you up and if you last till you get out he’s hoping that you get back on drugs so he can arrest you again and make more a arrests to add to his record and get more promotions and bonus. but to get his promotion and keep his job he has to steal from you and kid nap you and take your ability to get a job away, and charge the tax payers for all of the costs of all of this. most importantly, the extended stay at the at least 40000 per inmate a year hotel known as jail.

      The governments motive is money. Make the most money arrest the most people take the most money from them and set them up to fail in life and arrest them all over again.

      If the motive wasn’t money the government would focus on stoping drug users from using drugs not arresting them and sending them to jail where he can find 10 guys that all know where to get pounds of weed.

      If the government loses money by sending less drug users to hotel jail which costs tax payers 100 bucks a day per person in jail at least. Cops lose money judges lose money all these people that have been making money for years and years off of stealing from people that grow of sells weed and taking thier profits and cops pocketing their money and taking their freedom away. yet alchol is sold everywhere.

      Cops, judges, everyone involved with the criminal justice system have no intrest in helping you do better. thats why they don’t care about your privacy when it comes to your criminal history, and make it impossible to get a job. thats why they dont care if you get out of jail just to get arrested again, thats accutally what makes them richer.

      Weed should not be illegal. Nor should taking peoples weed and money they made from selling something that is less harmful than something sold everywhere everyday alcohol.

      Nor should the government lock people up and give them a sentence of lifetime poverty associated with a criminal record and no good job oppourtunities.

      Nor should the government lock people up that haven’t been able to get a job because of their marijauana sales record and go back to selling something less harmful than alcohol.

      If the criminal justice system wasn’t a business. People wouldn’t be serving Minimum mandatory life time marijuana jail sentences. But it is and without the money charged to the tax payers for the life time in jail alot of people wouldn’t have jobs or pensions.

      The criminal justice system is not about right or wrong it is about money.

    9. Bobby says:

      Some cops and judges and other people may care about drug users getting better but the criminal justice system doesn’t sets em up to fail after giving them a life sentence of poverty associated with being arrested labeled a crimnal. The system is a business it wants your money. It wants to fill up jails with nonviolent offenders and keep them thier for as long as possible and make at 100,000s of thousands of dollars of each inmate. It doesnt care about you’re life after jail