DC Council Passes #Marijuana #Decrim Bill – Poss of up to 1OZ $25 Fine – Mayor & Congress Must Approve

Decriminalization means that just one ounce or less of marijuana is a civil offense – its still prohibited, but the penalty is reduced to a civil infraction. Instead of arrest and prosecution, you will be ticketed and fined.  No arrest (phew!) and no criminal record (major!). No need to hire a criminal defense lawyer either.

However, under new amendments to the Decriminalization Bill, smoking in public will still be a criminal offense, subject to arrest and prosecution. Todays’s bill now goes to the Mayor, who said he would sign it, and then is subject to a 60 day congressional review period.  So the law is not effective yet, and possession of any amount of marijuana continues to be a criminal offense.  Stay tuned

Categories: decriminalization, Marijuana Laws

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