Merely Decriminalizing Marijuana Isn’t Enough

By: Friday July 18, 2014 9:25 am

Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country¬†took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing¬†marijuana isn’t enough. Decriminalization doesn’t always stop small marijuana arrests. While [...]

Starting Today Marijuana Is Decriminalized in the Nation’s Capital

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 5:38 am

Not only will possession result in just a small fine, but the law also prohibits police officers from using the smell of marijuana as a pretext for conducting a search. D.C. now has one of the most progressive marijuana laws in the country.

Is Rep. Andy Harris Looking for a Face Saving Way Out of Fight Over D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization?

By: Monday July 14, 2014 8:58 am

It is sounds like Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) might be looking for a face saving way out of the political fight he started with the people of D.C. when he tried to interfere with their new marijuana decriminalization bill. Harris continues to maintain he supports the principle of taxation without representation and fiercely opposes allowing [...]

Another Reason for D.C. Statehood: GOP Holds Hearing on Local D.C. Pot Decriminalization

By: Friday May 9, 2014 10:55 am

In yet another reminder of why there needs to be Statehood for D.C., House Republicans held a hearing today on a local bill to decriminalization marijuana. The reason D.C. was singled out as the only local decriminalize bill to have a hearing in Congress is because the most basic democratic rights are denied to the [...]

D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Should Start July 17th Depending on Congress

By: Friday April 25, 2014 8:17 am

Starting on July 17th, being caught with less than an ounce of marijuana in the nation’s capitol should result in only a $25 fine. According to the Council of the District of Columbia that is when the recently approved decriminalization bill is projected to finally go into effect. But it could go into effect a [...]


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