Merely Decriminalizing Marijuana Isn’t Enough

By: Friday July 18, 2014 2:55 pm

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.

 

Starting Today Marijuana Is Decriminalized in the Nation’s Capital

By: Thursday July 17, 2014 6:45 am

The Council’s push for this new law was driven by racial justice concerns. According to the ACLU, the District had both one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the country and one of the greatest levels of racial disparity in these arrests. Despite similar marijuana use rates among whites and blacks, blacks were 8 times more likely to be arrested in D.C.

This new law may only be temporary because even more extensive marijuana reform could be coming to the District in the near future.

Campaign Turns in 57,000 Signatures to Legalize Marijuana in D.C.

By: Monday July 7, 2014 12:19 pm

If all goes as planned the citizens of Washington D.C. will be joining the people of Oregon and Alaska in voting on to make possession of marijuana legal this November. On Monday the campaign submitted over 57,000 raw signatures to the Board of Elections to get their initiative on the ballot.

Drug Policy Alliance Hires New Organizer, Dr. Malik Burnett, to Advance Marijuana Legalization in D.C.

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 11:28 am

Efforts to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia received a boost today with the Drug Policy Alliance hiring Dr. Malik Burnett as a full time organizer for the district. Burnett is a graduate of Duke University who told me he took on this new challenge because he believes “our Nation’s drug policies are out [...]

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

By: Friday April 25, 2014 11:55 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 few days earlier, a few weeks later, or even never at all depending on how Congress behaves.

Signature Gathering Begins for D.C. Legalization Ballot Initiative

By: Wednesday April 23, 2014 11:15 am

Volunteers in the District of Columbia have begun collecting signatures to legalize marijuana. On Wednesday the DCMJ was given the go ahead by the Board of Elections to begin circulating Initiative 71, the “Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014.”

Right Under Congress’s Nose, Big Progress on Pot

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Maryland and D.C. aren’t just catching up with some of the more supportive parts of the country — there are also some very promising signs the mid-Atlantic could soon move into the lead.

DC’s Likely Future Mayor Muriel Bowser Supports Marijuana Legalization

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 8:04 am

The District of Columbia should soon have a pro-marijuana legalization mayor. On Tuesday night D.C. council member Muriel Bowser easily beat incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in the crowded Democratic mayorial primary. Bowser now goes on to the general election.

D.C. is a Travesty of Democracy

By: Monday March 31, 2014 12:37 pm

It is both disturbing and deeply ironic how the supposed capital of the free world, Washington D.C., doesn’t have access to basic democratic freedoms. From the rules that govern voting rights to how the local elections are run, the district is a perfect example of what should never be allowed.

D.C. Council Gives Final Approval to Marijuana Decriminalization

By: Tuesday March 4, 2014 12:12 pm

In just two months marijuana could be decriminalized in the nation’s capital. Tuesday afternoon the D.C. City Council overwhelmingly gave approved the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 with only one council member voting against it and one voting present. The bill now moves to the mayor who is expected to sign it. The [...]

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