The DC City Council has enacted a decriminalization bill that gives citizens few consequences for being caught with marijuana. This is essentially as lenient as possible without going all the way to legalize recreational marijuana in the nation’s capital. The new law went into effect on July 16, and with the District previously arresting far more than their share of marijuana users, the change is a welcome one.
Under the new law, anyone caught in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana will face a $25 fine. That’s it. No jail time. No record. No arrest. [Read more…]