Washington D.C. Council Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal, Heads to Mayor

Washington D.C. Council Approves Cannabis Decriminalization Proposal, Heads to Mayor

Members of the Washington D.C. Council have given final approval to a proposal to decriminalize the possessionpolicymicpic of up to an ounce of cannabis; only one councilor (Councilmember Alexander) voted in opposition. The proposal now goes to Mayor Vincent Gray – who’s in support of the measure – for consideration.

Under this new law, the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis will no longer be a criminal offense, but instead will become a $25 ticket. Current D.C. law finds the possession of any amount of cannabis a misdemeanor with a potential 6 month prison sentence.

According to recent polling, 75% of those in D.C. are in favor of cannabis decriminalization, with 64% also in favor of legalization.

Once signed by the mayor (which is expected to happen quickly), Council Bill 20-409 will take effect after a 60-day congressional review period.

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