Post - Consuming marijuana in a private home will no longer be a criminal offense in the nation’s capital under a measure that passed the D.C. Council on Tuesday and that instantly escalated a simmering national debate over loosening marijuana laws. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) intends to sign the measure, a spokesman said, putting District drug law in confict with federal law, and sending the bill to Congress, which has veto authority over D.C. laws but has organized to override only three times since 1979. National advocates for marijuana legalization celebrated the 10-1 vote by the D.C. Council, expressing confidence that a divided Congress would fail to act to upend it, and more importantly, that the vote might reflect growing mainstream support for recreational use of the drug. Under the law, D.C. would not go as far as Colorado and Washington state, where voters have legalized the sale and use of marijuana. Instead, the measure would put the District at the forefront of 17 states that have taken the partial measure to decriminalized marijuana, eliminating jail time for most offenses in favor of civil fines. In D.C. the fine for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana would be $25, the smallest penalty of any state but Alaska. The bill would also equate smoking marijuana in public to toting an open can of beer; a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $500 and up to six months in jail. “We are taking a significant step to correct the continuing social injustice caused by a failed war on drugs,” said Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), the lead author of the bill. It also will add gray areas in policing: D.C. officers would not be able to arrest on the smell of marijuana, for instance; they would have to see the smoke. And being marijuana-impaired in public would not be a crime equal to public intoxication — unless it occurs behind the wheel.
Fred Davis, rejoice! You still won’t be able to legally buy weed in DC, but you sure as hell can smoke it. Fred is probably elated right now. During cartwheels all over the place.
I don’t get not just legalizing it fully. What’s up with the half-measures? I don’t get how there’s people with brains who can look at studies and rationally conclude the decriminalization of weed is a bad thing. Oh wait, yes I can. So good for you DC, smoke your little hearts out. Just don’t get caught buying it illegally so you can smoke it legally. And shout out to the Wizards just got so many new fans who are now rooting so hard for the them to score over 100 and win to get that half price Papa Johns.
PS: Dustin Penner got traded to DC on Fat Tuesday, Taco Tuesday, National Pancake Day, and Weed is Legal Day. That’s a big life achievement.