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The Capital Rebels

The Capital Rebels

Will the nation’s capital break federal law?

Maybe you saw the article we posted on our Facebook page last week about Washington, D.C. decriminalizing the possession and consumption of small amounts of marijuana. Last week, the D.C. City Council voted to eliminate laws that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana a criminal offense punishable by a fine of $1,000 or a six-month prison sentence. This summer, new regulations go into effect that will make possession only punishable by a $25 fine. Public consumption will remain a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $500 or 60 days in jail.

But wait! We have more good news!

Yesterday, the D.C. Board of Elections cleared a ballot measure that could put them right in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington. The board’s decision allows a band of activists to begin gathering the 25,000 signatures needed to get the measure on the November ballot.

According to the Washington Post, if the signatures are collected and the ballot measure passes, it will allow adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for recreational use, and to grow up to three plants in their homes.  Things are looking good – a recent Washington Post article assures us that if activists can get the measure on the ballot, it has a pretty strong chance of passing.

The most humorous part of this process is that if the measure passes and recreational marijuana use is legalized in Washington, D.C., the very CAPITAL of the NATION will be in conflict with federal law. Isn’t it ironic? (Don’cha think?)

Questions have already arisen about how overlapping local and federal jurisdictions would affect enforcement – what if you’re smoking in a national park? On the Mall? What if Obama feels like lighting up? Who knows?

What do you think of decriminalization in Washington, D.C.? Do you expect the measure to make it onto the ballot? Let us know in the Comment section or on our Facebook page!


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