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


D.C. policy wonk cocktail parties are saved. Ha! Like the police would ever bust those.

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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