D.C. May Decriminalize Marijuana

Loosen restrictions on something in the capital? Inconceivable.


Carrying pot in the nation's capitol may soon not be a crime.

The Washington, D.C., City Council announced on Wednesday that it will consider legislation that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The "Simple Possession of Small Quantities of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act," introduced by Councilman Tommy Wells, would remove criminal penalties for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Those 18 and older would face a civil fine of $100 for possession of less than an ounce; those under 18 would be required to attend a drug and alcohol awareness program. Under the current D.C. law, possession of any amount of marijuana is a crime punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.