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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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.
|By: Jon Walker 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 [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 4, 2014 2:32 pm|
Possession of small amounts of marijuana should soon be decriminalized in the nation’s capital.