Washington, D.C., on Verge of Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession

One more vote and Washington, D.C., residents will see marijuana possession treated as a minor infraction rather than a crime.

From Reuters:

The District of Columbia stepped closer to decriminalizing marijuana on Wednesday when a city council panel approved a measure that would make smoking a joint in the U.S. capital a violation comparable to a parking ticket.

Approved unanimously by the city council's public safety committee, the bill reduces penalties for possessing less than an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana to a fine as little as $25.

Eight times more blacks than non-blacks in Washington are arrested for pot possession, and committee Chairman Tommy Wells said the measure's goal was fairness and reducing law enforcement costs.

"This is a social justice bill that addresses disproportionate impact," said Wells, who is among nine candidates for mayor in the April 1 Democratic primary.

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Of course, because we’re talking about progressives in charge, the justification is ill-defined “social justice” and not individual liberty, but it’s better than nothing. I would like to believe that if all races were equally arrested, they’d still vote to decriminalize, right? Right?

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  • Tonio||

    I would like to believe that if all races were equally arrested, they’d still vote to decriminalize, right? Right?

    He's here all week, folks. Try the tofu; tip your waitress.

  • PH2050||

    LOL, when the racial disparity in marijuana arrests was brought up to the mayor of Baltimore, a black woman, she said she wasn't going to "wave the Schmoke flag" and support decriminalization.

  • Don'tTreadOnMe||

    waitPERSON....you're welcome...

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    Then you mean "waitperCHILD".

    ... Hobbit

  • R C Dean||

    I prefer "waitron".

  • Austrian Anarchy||

    Of course, because we’re talking about progressives in charge, the justification is ill-defined “social justice” and not individual liberty, but it’s better than nothing.

    It can;t even be about that. They have had a fully Leftist city council there since when? And that race balance in arrests has been true for a long, long time too.

  • ||

    With great social justice comes great social responsibility. Or something. Spider-Man, help me!

  • Rich||

    "This is a social justice bill that addresses disproportionate impact," said Wells

    Sheesh, Wells, can't you address 'disproportionate impact' less directly?

  • RishJoMo||

    I dont think this guy really has a clue man.

    www.AnonGlobal.tk

  • PH2050||

    I don't see why anyone gets happy about all this marijuana "legalization" shit.

    UNTIL IT'S RESCHEDULED IT DOESN'T MATTER BECAUSE IF YOU WANT A DECENT JOB YOU WILL GET TESTED FOR IT, EITHER URINALYSIS OR HAIR FOLLICLE, SO YOU'RE STILL FUCKED.

  • LarryA||

    I would like to believe that if all races were equally arrested, they’d still vote to decriminalize,

    If middle/upper-class whites were being arrested and imprisoned at the same rate MJ would have long ago been legalized, not just decriminalized.

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