Wells, Civil Rights Groups Push for Potent D.C. Pot Bill

The D.C. Council will have a chance Tuesday to vote on Wells’ bill that would decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will have a chance to pass what civil rights groups are calling the strongest marijuana decriminalization bill in the country. The proposal, offered by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, who represents Capitol Hill and is also running for mayor, would prevent police officers from stopping and searching Read the full article…

Washington, D.C., Panel Weighs Decriminalizing Marijuana

Activists at a June 17 rally in Washington, D.C. calling on President Obama to end the War on Drugs.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The District of Columbia will take a step closer toward decriminalizing marijuana on Wednesday with a move that will make smoking a joint in the U.S. capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket. With Washington arresting people for pot possession at a higher rate than any state, a city council panel Read the full article…

Marijuana Push In D.C. Spurs Congress To Weigh Legalizing

While most people say the effects of pot are less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, the U.S. government maintains that marijuana can lead to serious mental-health issues.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A proposal backed by most District of Columbia council members to decriminalize small amounts of pot may spur federal lawmakers to consider marijuana regulation for the first time since two states legalized recreational sales. Congress has the power to block legislation approved by the Washington council. U.S. lawmakers can also stop local initiatives Read the full article…

Marion Barry, DC Council Aim To Decriminalize Marijuana

The law would reduce possession of less than one ounce of marijuana to a civil fine of up to $100.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Thanks partly to D.C. councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry, the nation’s capital could soon join the states of Colorado and Washington in decriminalizing small amounts of non-medical marijuana. D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells proposed “The Simple Possession of Small Quantities Of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013″ at a public hearing Wednesday.

Choom Gang Rising

As so often happens in such cases, the act of government legalization itself confers public legitimacy, the absence of which was previously the chief political obstacle to legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: I don’t smoke marijuana, a fact that many Americans no doubt consider a criminal waste of a three-year residency in the Netherlands. But I support others’ right to do so! And it looks like a majority of Americans now agree with me. Pew reports that for the first time since it started asking the Read the full article…

Choom Gang Rising

As so often happens in such cases, the act of government legalization itself confers public legitimacy, the absence of which was previously the chief political obstacle to legalization.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: I don’t smoke marijuana, a fact that many Americans no doubt consider a criminal waste of a three-year residency in the Netherlands. But I support others’ right to do so! And it looks like a majority of Americans now agree with me. Pew reports that for the first time since it started asking the Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization Bill Introduced In Washington DC

The move amounted to a setback for advocates of full marijuana legalization and underscored the halting way the District may be forced to implement Initiative 71, the ballot measure approved overwhelmingly in November by District voters.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A bill that would legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults over 21 and set up a system of regulated marijuana commerce was introduced in the District of Columbia city council Tuesday.

Act Now! Today's Senate Hearing On Pot Will Feature Truth-Impaired Kevin Sabet

State legislators are now poised to demolish a core promise of the recreational marijuana law where much of the tax revenue from sales would flow into a “dedicated marijuana fund” that would finance drug treatment and media campaigns to persuade youth to stay away from pot.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Today at 2:30pm EST, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a historic hearing for marijuana reform entitled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.”

Act Now! Today's Senate Hearing On Pot Will Feature Truth-Impaired Kevin Sabet

State legislators are now poised to demolish a core promise of the recreational marijuana law where much of the tax revenue from sales would flow into a “dedicated marijuana fund” that would finance drug treatment and media campaigns to persuade youth to stay away from pot.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Today at 2:30pm EST, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding a historic hearing for marijuana reform entitled “Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws.”

Should Pot Be Legal?

Jim Hill looks over the marijuana he grows for medical purposes at his farm in Potter Valley, Calif.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: America’s 40-year crawl toward legalization of marijuana is picking up speed. Twenty-six states have taken steps toward legalization, some quite bold. Just last week, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made one of the biggest moves yet, signing a package of bills addressing how marijuana will be grown, sold, taxed, and used.