DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The D.C. Council will consider decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Councilmember Tommy Wells introduced the bill Wednesday, and nine of his 12 colleagues signed on as co-introducers or co-sponsors. It was prompted in part by an American Civil Liberties Union report that found the District of Columbia leads the nation in per capita arrests for marijuana possession. The report also found that about 90 percent of those arrested for possession are black.
The bill would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine. Seventeen states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of pot. The district has also legalized medical marijuana.