DC Considers Marijuana Decriminalization

Marion Barry declares support


The fight to decriminalize marijuana possession in Washington, D.C., just got an unlikely ally: former mayor and current city councilman Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

Barry and fellow council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) are drafting legislation that would reduce or eliminate criminal penalties for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

"It's time we enter the 21st century and stop criminalizing people… for what is not really a major crime," Wells told The Washington Post.