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Council Member Wells Announcing Legislation to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Marijuana in DC

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From a press release:

Today, Councilmember Tommy Wells will hold a press conference to announce legislation to decriminalize small amounts marijuana in the District.

WHAT: Wells to Announce Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana

WHEN: Today, Wednesday, July 10, 8:30AM

BACKGROUND:

According to a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union, the District of Columbia leads the United States in arrests for marijuana possession. D.C. police made 846 such arrests per 100,000 residents in 2010. Nationally that number was 256 per 100,000.

The same report found that DC was among the top ten jurisdictions in the country for the highest number of Black arrests for marijuana possession. D.C. police arrested 4,648 African Americans for marijuana possession in 2010 compared to only 467 Caucasians.

@timcraigpost tweets from the press conference:

“CM Tommy Wells announces plan to decriminalize up to ounce of marijuana. Those caught will receive $100 civil fine.”

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