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.

Is Rep. Andy Harris Looking for a Face Saving way out of Fight Over D.C. Decriminalization?

By: Monday July 14, 2014 12:14 pm

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.

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

By: Friday May 9, 2014 12:29 pm

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 roughly 600,000 citizens living in D.C.

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.

Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Decriminalization Laws

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:57 am

Maryland becomes the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th to be approved through the state legislature

Maryland Set to Decriminalize Marijuana After Gov. Pledges to Sign Bill

By: Monday April 7, 2014 4:10 pm

After some heated last minute maneuvers in the House of Delegates over the weekend the state of Maryland is set to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Monday, Gov. Martin O’Malley pledged to sign the marijuana decriminalization bill recently approved by the Senate.

Pot Decriminalization Bills Advance in New Hampshire and Maryland

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:30 am

The steady march for marijuana reform continues as efforts to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana advance in both the New Hampshire and Maryland Legislature this week.

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 [...]

BREAKING: D.C. Council Votes Overwhelmingly to Decriminalize Marijuana

By: Tuesday February 4, 2014 2:32 pm

Possession of small amounts of marijuana should soon be decriminalized in the nation’s capital.

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