The D.C. City Council voted Tuesday to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, making possession an ounce or less of the drug a civil offense punishable by a fine of $25.
Current law makes marijuana possession a criminal offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Further, smoking marijuana in public carried the same punishment. Under the proposed decriminalization, smoking the drug publicly would lead to up to 60 days behind bars and a $500 fine.
Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to sign the bill into law.- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/dc-council-votes-decriminalize-marijuana#sthash.OXNwUwOt.dpuf
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