Decriminalization Arrives, And D.C. Police Prepare For Sea Change In Marijuana Laws

A lengthy civic debate over how to handle the most minor of drug offenses culminated at midnight Wednesday when a marijuana decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Council this spring completed a 60-day congressional review period and took effect.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On Wednesday, a D.C. police officer who caught someone carrying a small amount of marijuana was required to launch his suspect on an onerous journey through the criminal justice system — possibly involving handcuffs, fingerprinting and forensic analysis. On Thursday, that same officer faces the simpler task of pulling out a ticket Read the full article…

Advocates Press For Marijuana Legalization Measure On D.C. Ballot

Adam Eidinger, a leading activist for the marijuana legalization initiative, spoke before the D.C. Board of Elections, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The District should set aside the warnings of its attorney general and let voters decide whether they want to legalize marijuana possession in the nation’s capital, advocates for the measure argued Tuesday before the D.C. Board of Elections. The band of marijuana advocates is seeking to make the District one of the 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.