Join weed reformers Wed. night at D.C.’s new, LEED -certified green Anacostia Library for a hearing on decriminalization of marijuana. It you have never been to this A.I.A. award-winning library, with its translucent green roof, you’re in for a treat. You’ll be in the greenest building in DC for sure.
Why come? Don’t be a slactivist. We need to hear from you. Three minutes of your time and voice can make the difference. Join Paul and others.
Councilmember Tommy Wells, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety would greatly appreciate your testimony at the upcoming hearing on the decriminalization of marijuana. The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Anacostia Neighborhood Library.
WHEN: Wednesday October 23, 2013; 6:30 – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Anacostia Neighborhood Library – 1800 Good Hope Road SE
RECONVENING (for government testimony only):Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:30 am At Council Chamber, Room 500 – John A. Wilson Building – 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Please RSVP to testify by contacting Tawanna Shuford at 724-7808 or email@example.com, to sign up. Individuals can sign up for 3 minutes. Organizations 5 minutes.
According to a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union, the District of Columbia leads the United States in marijuana arrests. D.C. police made 846 such arrests per 100,000 residents in 2010. Nationally that number was 256 per 100,000.
The same ACLU report found that DC was among the top ten jurisdictions in the country for racial disparities in marijuana arrests.
“The District has a higher per capita arrest rate, greater racial disparity in marijuana possession arrests, and spends more money in marijuana enforcement than almost any other state or county in the country. We must not forget that beyond the fiscal impact this bill about communities and families that have been destabilized and peoples’ lives being needlessly derailed,” said ACLU-National Capital Area representative Seema Sadanandan.
According to another recent report carried out by the Washington Lawyers Committee:
• Despite nearly equal populations of Black and white residents in DC, 83% of all arrests were of Black people.
• In 2010 there were 40,353 arrests of Black adults; a number equivalent to 17% of the Black adult population of the District. In contrast in that same year 4866 arrests of white adults; a number equivalent to 2% of the white adult population in the District.
• 91% of all drug arrests were of Black people.
• 63% of all drug arrests were for simple possession.