DC Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

The District of Columbia city council today approved a marijuana decriminalization bill, but a second vote is needed for final approval.

That second vote will come no sooner than two weeks from now.

If approved again then, it will then have to get the okay from the mayor.

If that happens, Congress then has a limited opportunity to block it.

But it's on it's way

The "Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 (Council Bill 20-409)" would eliminate the threat of arrest for possessing or using marijuana and ensure that people are no longer saddled with life-long convictions that make it difficult to obtain employment and housing. Instead of arresting people the bill would impose a $25 civil fine for possession and a $100 civil fine for smoking marijuana in public places, as well as forfeiture of the marijuana and any paraphernalia used to consume or carry it.

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Marijuana bill is believed to be a step in the right direction, but most of the legislators forgot to focus on the root cause of the problem the American youth is facing right now. Thumbs up for groups that have campained for it. Thanks . 

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Well the decision might have angered some elements in the Senate and healthcare but I don't think this will aid in removing the drug use permanently in teenagers. Legalizing marijuana is still a hot topic in countries where not many adults (or teenagers) are addicted. Thanks 

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