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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Signed and Sent to Congress for Approval

by Prince Of Petworth April 1, 2014 at 3:15 pm 18 Comments

From a press release:

“The mayor of the District of Columbia signed a bill decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. The bill was authored by DC Councilmember Tommy Wells and championed by advocates from across the city including the NAACP, ACLU, Washington Lawyers Committee and the Drug Policy Alliance. The bill will now proceed to a 60 day review period by the United States Congress. All District laws are subject to Congressional review.

What the bill does:

Drops the simple possession of an ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense, which carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, down to a civil offense with a fine of $25.

Outside of Alaska, that would be the smallest monetary fine of any of the states that have decriminalized the drug.

Reduces the maximum penalty for smoking marijuana from a $1000 fine and six months in jail to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

The production, sale, and possession of over an ounce would remain a criminal offense.”

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