D.C. Decriminalizes Marijuana

Mar 04, 2014 , , , , , , ,

Moments ago, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession!alert_sidebar_dc_decrim

The measure removes criminal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for individuals 18 years of age and older and replaces them with a civil fine of $25, similar to a parking ticket. It also removes penalties for possession of paraphernalia in conjunction with small amounts of marijuana, and it specifies that individuals cannot be searched or detained based solely on an officer’s suspicion of marijuana possession. Public use of marijuana would remain a criminal offense punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a criminal offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

The bill goes into effect this summer.

This means that, outside of Washington and Colorado, marijuana penalties are now less punitive in our nation’s capital than anywhere else in the country.

Washington, D.C. has the nation’s highest arrest rate for marijuana possession, according to a report released in June by the American Civil Liberties Union. Blacks accounted for 91% of marijuana possession arrests in the District, and they were eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, despite using marijuana at similar rates. The ACLU’s analysis concluded that enforcing marijuana possession laws, which make up nearly half of all drug offenses, costs the District more than $26.5 million per year. Hopefully, this new bill will have an immediate impact on this injustice.

15 responses to “D.C. Decriminalizes Marijuana”

  1. I emailed President Obama this proposal this 3/2/14 in hopes of helping US citizens. Social Security can be increased by federal taxation ,regulation, and quantification of Cannabis by passing the 28th Amendment.

    March 1, 2014

    I hereby declare on said day the intent to set precedent for the legalization and reversal of prohibition of Cannabis. This action shall be bestowed upon the highest court of the land, the US Supreme Court. The aforementioned intent is for the common good of all U.S. Citizens. Furthermore, a foundation shall be established in pursuit of said goal. The 28 Amendment Coalition Foundation shall use every resource available and expendable to achieve said goal. Expeditious reform shall be the easiest and affordable means of agreement per the American taxpayer. Furthermore, I declare the fittest entity is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to primarily police Cannabis in American Commerce. Therefore, the BATFEC rightfully should assume said responsibility. I feel it my duty as an American to suggest.


    Stephen Edward Lovett
    28 ACF Founder

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. So Washington D.C. can decriminalize to this low level of a ticket aka 25 dollar fine but they cant do it for the rest of the country? Yet D.C. is the capitol of this country,doesn’t make any sense to me whatsoever……………..

  3. The 25 dollars is not a fine!… here in Reality, it’s a not very cleverly hidden way to tax marijuana consumers…eh?

    Hustlers keep hustlin’ & Suckers keep getting suckered?

    Eric K. Johnson

  4. The “fine” is the tax!

    All of this decriminalization bullshit is simply a way to tax suckers who are afraid of their own shadows…time to stand up and exercise our free will and natural Human rights…unless you are full of fear… if that is the case , Others will speak up for you.

    Remember the words of F.D.R. when he famously stated , ” We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

  5. Contact Sally Mae in order to check out the inside of a prison cell?…it only takes about one minute to check it out…but it does become somewhat tiresome to boring after a few years of being locked in that smallish 6×9 cell…Caveat Emptor!!!

  6. Ridiculous law. Make it for the entire country or not at all. What is with these people who can not seem to make up their minds over this plant. Wow. I can see that one day in the far future, our descendants will one day read about all this in the history books & it will be jaw dropping. They won’t believe all the fuss our country made over this issue. While marijuana is legal in most other countries it still remains a legal battle here. People from other countries think our country is crazy for making maraj. illegal instead of capitalizing on it & bringing our countries financial status to a better state. Think of the extra money we could have for things like education, health, research, science & so much more. Somehow, despite all the advanced technology our country promotes & utilizes, usa is still in the stone ages when it comes to marijuana & it’s purposeful uses.

  7. What is the logic of reducing the fine from $1,000 to $25? If marijuana is harmful and illegal then leave the fine at $1,000. But if its not why should people using it be fined anything?

    Oh I know. Its D.C., capital of flawed logic, and corrupt officials ruining (funning) our country.

  8. If the founding fathers could see the fools in charge of our country now, I’m sure they would start another revolution to throw them out.

  9. If I understand the word DE-criminalization correctly , how can their be a fine if there is no crime?

    At the very least, the children/relatives of our political leaders (and our political leaders themselves?) who live in our Nation’s Capital City will be exempt from jail/prison/criminal record/ futures ruined by this ridiculous and wrongful prohibition…don’t they help themselves?
    Cannabis is legal in the FREE States of Colorado and Washington…Why isn’t cannabis legal in your State?
    Do you live in a free State?

  10. How can there be a fine if the crime has been de-criminalized?

    I demand drug testing for our law makers in order to determine exactly what they may be imbibing to have descended to this level of absurdity!

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