district of columbiaThe District of Columbia Council is in the process of considering the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, but a pro-marijuana organization titled DCMJ, which is a group of residents working to change the outdated marijuana laws in the District of Columbia, proclaims the decriminalization bill doesn’t go far enough.

DCMJ has proposed making possession of less than two ounces of dried flowers and/or cultivating up to three marijuana plants civil offenses rather than criminal. Said offenses would be punishable by fines up to $100 which would be assessed by alcohol regulation authorities.

Attorney General Irv Nathan discovered a provision that would require offenders under the age of 18 to attend a drug awareness program which violates a city restriction preventing ballot items from appropriating taxpayer funds.

Furthermore, adding marijuana offenders to the groups protected by D.C.’s Human Rights Act could be a financial liability for the city meaning that possession would remain illegal under federal law and he is unacquainted with a decree that would give the council consent to prevent police from arresting individuals in violation of federal law.

According to Adam Eidinger of DCMJ 2014, after receiving that particular news the group pulled their current proposal and will submit a revised copy as soon as possible.

The bill to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia is expected to pass the council later this year and could become law by early 2014.

Stay with The 420 Times for any new developments regarding DCMJ’s marijuana legalization efforts and for all the latest marijuana community news.

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As an infant, Erik was accidently abandoned by his parents at Hempfest after they overindulged on the local offerings. Unfortunately for him, a band of stoner Gypsies informally adopted him and raised him as one of their own until he one day realized his clothes were abnormally different than everyone around him. Which was weird, considering he came to this conclusion while attending another Hempfest in hopes of finding his birth parents. After the shocking realization that he was indeed not a professional hobo with weird, gastly, outlandish clothing, he fled his Gypsy family and took refuge in the hills of the Emerald Triangle. It was in those very hills where Erik discovered his true purpose in life: cultivating marijuana! He spent years living in the hills of the Triangle mastering the craft of popping great crops of delicious sticky icky before deciding to come down from the mountain and rejoin civilization. Once Erik reacclimated himself to society, he acquired a laptop, setup his home garden, purchased a bong and began blogging marijuana-related news stories in hopes of spreading the truth about the plant and its medicinal properties. Erik is so pro-marijuana that if cut, he bleeds weed. Wanna hit? Then load up that bong and toke along!

3 Responses

  1. MeeMan

    *pulls hair*
    You can’t decriminalise something that was never a crime. It was made illegal to grow/produce/sell without a licence and without paying the Tax Stamp; which the Government never gave out to people so that they may pay it. Hence the Catch 22.
    With that being said, it was still never a Crime. It was a legal Offence. There’s a difference and it’s ordinary people’s ignorance of the Law that’s getting them thrown into the Judicial system and churned out like mince meat.

    When it come to Cannabis, the Judicial system in “Western” countries is a farce and a mockery of the Law against the sanctity of the individual and it’s sovereignty.

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