Washington D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has officially signed Council Bill 20-409, a measure to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, reducing the charge from an arrestable misdemeanor to a simple $25 ticket. The proposal was approved by the D.C. Council earlier this month with only one councilmember voting in opposition.
The bill will now go through a 60-day congressional review period, where it’s unlikely the measure will be overturned. If it’s approved through this review, it will take effect on July 1st.
According to recent polling 75% of those in D.C. are in favor of this move towards decriminalization; 64% favor full legalization.