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Marijuana: Washington, D.C., To Decriminalize Cannabis?

Marijuana: Washington DC To Decriminalize Cannabis?

Marijuana, Washington, D.C., and legalization usually don’t come up in the same sentence.

The charge for marijuana legalization has mostly come from state legislators, while the Obama administration and the Federal government want to continue banning cannabis.

But when you have medical marijuana being considered for children, perhaps it’s not so strange to hear about Washington, D.C., marijuana legalization efforts. The arrest rate for marijuana possession in Washington, D.C., is three times higher than the national average and disproportionately affect the African American community by a ratio of four to one. The law requires that cannabis offenders face up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine.

D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells says Washington DC needs to decriminalize marijuana…for the children:

“Once you have a marijuana charge on your record, you cannot participate in certainly the construction boom that is happening all over the city, and it works to stigmatize people… and it disadvantages them from jobs.”

Under the proposed Washington, D.C., marijuana policy, the possession of one ounce or less of cannabis would be a civil, not criminal, penalty punishable by a $100 fine. Juveniles would be required to attend a drug awareness program and provide community service.

Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier says marijuana decriminalization in Washington, D.C., is a “significant issue that merits robust discussion” but the Drug Policy Alliance’s Office of National Affairs says they need to go further:

“While this legislation is an important step in the right direction, Councilmembers should consider following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington by legally regulating marijuana.”

Did you ever believe you’d hear marijuana, Washington, D.C., and legalization in the same sentence?

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10 Responses to “Marijuana: Washington, D.C., To Decriminalize Cannabis?”

  1. Malcolm Kyle

    Parasitic prohibitionists are willing to commit murder rather than admit defeat:

    "Frustrated that people continued to consume so much alcohol even after it was banned, federal officials had decided to try a different kind of enforcement. They ordered the poisoning of industrial alcohols manufactured in the United States, products regularly stolen by bootleggers and resold as drinkable spirits. The idea was to scare people into giving up illicit drinking. Instead, by the time Prohibition ended in 1933, the federal poisoning program, by some estimates, had killed at least 10,000 people."

    That was an excerpt from: The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

    "The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate, which is to say: upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are.

    They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk."

    —an extract from "Notes on Democracy" by Henry Louis Mencken, written in 1926, during alcohol prohibition, 1919-1933.

  2. Judi Taylor

    It is about time to do this. Making criminals out of people who smoke pot is the same as it was with alcohol in the Prohibition era…it led to big time crime. If anyone is to profit it should be legal and taxed and take some of the burden off of the taxpayers.

  3. Melissa Staggs

    How about don't do drugs and you don't get in trouble. It makes me sick that people want legalization for pot but OH DEAR GOD don't smoke a Marlboro because that can give someone cancer. I hope that pot does not get legalization that is all this country needs is more potheads living off of the government. I am sorry if it offends anyone who may read this but it is how I feel.

  4. John Perrone

    So giving someone cancer is cool, but using a far less dangerous drug is not? Also tobacco smokers use way more government resources via medical bills than pot smokers ever will. You're logic is confusing and reeks of ignorance.

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