It’s Official: Washington D.C. to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

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 mayorpolicymicpic 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.

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8 thoughts on “It’s Official: Washington D.C. to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession”

  1. Decriminalization is a good half step in the right direction. The problem with stopping at decriminalization is that the cannabis trade is still kept in the hands of the gangs and cartels. If someone gets busted with an Oz, great that they are not going to jail, but the cost of that Oz. is going untaxed and is flowing to the gangs and cartels, unless you are getting it from your friendly neighborhood grower, but its still untaxed. It does nothing to stop the street violence over the trade. The only true answer to stemming the tide is through legalization, which includes taxing and regulating. The day that they repealed alcohol prohibition, the Al Capone’s had a majority of their “business” taken away.

  2. I believe now is the time to push for a drug war crimes tribunal. Those responsible for this war on the American citizen should be brought to justice. Let’s start an online petition to bring these were criminals to the table.

    • Quite right Tom!

      Over the last 40 years at least, how many genuine Patients have been locked up because Gov. chose to ignore Cannabis as medicine?

      Class Action lawsuit I say.

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