D.C. Police Cite Five For Marijuana Possession In First Week Of New Law

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  District police officers issued five civil citations for marijuana possession in the week after a new law went into effect that erased criminal sanctions for holding one ounce or less of the drug, according to D.C. police.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, cautioned that the numbers are preliminary and subject to change.

It’s not clear how enforcement under the new law compares to past trends. District police officials could not immediately say how many marijuana possession arrests officers typically used to make in a day or week.

Alali said that four of the $25 citations were issued in the Seventh District, which covers Anacostia, Barry Farm, Naylor Gardens and Washington Highlands, areas east of the Anacostia River with some of the highest concentrations of crime in the District. One citation was issued in the Fifth District, which includes areas such as Trinidad and Brookland.