It took nearly 15 years after voters approved medical marijuana for it to become available in the District of Columbia, but the next major change to pot laws in the nation’s capital is on the fast track.
A deputy attorney general says District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray supports decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana because the drug is not particularly harmful and because arresting people for possession can do significant damage.
While about 51 percent of the District’s population is black, black people make up about 91 percent of all marijuana arrests in the city.
Teens are still getting high on marijuana, but a group of economists say that medical marijuana is not to blame for the seven-year uptick in pot usage amongst teens.
Six applicants are a step closer to becoming official medical marijuana cultivation centers in the District after receiving a notice from the D.C. Department of Health on Friday.
States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with determining impairment levels for years. And voters in Colorado and Washington state will decide this fall whether to legalize the drug for recreational use, bringing a new urgency to the issue.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration opposed Friday measures to legalize medical marijuana, citing concerns that state employees could face federal prosecution.
Democratic Del. David Englin of Alexandria has filed a joint resolution to look at the potential revenue impact for such a proposal.