Although a vote still needs to take place, it’s official: Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, will soon decriminalize cannabis possession. Yesterday the district’s mayor came out in full support of a proposal to remove criminal charges for the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis; the proposal is sponsored by a majority of the district’s council.
Under current D.C. law, the possession of even a miniscule amount of cannabis can net someone a prison sentence of up to 6 months; recent reports have found that minorities are drastically more likely to be arrested for cannabis, demonstrating a strong need for reform. This new proposal – introduced by Councilman Tommy Wells in July – would make the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple $100 ticket.
This move is supported by a large majority of the district’s residents; according to recent polling, 75% of those in D.C. are in favor of decriminalizing cannabis. The same poll found that 64% are favor of legalization.