The Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., Decriminalizes Adult Marijuana Possession.

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Washington, D.C. Decriminalizes Adult Marijuana Possession.

The 1980 Fourth of July fireworks display in Washington, DC, is seen from the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA. (Robert K. Hamilton / The Baltimore Sun) The 1980 Fourth of July fireworks display in Washington, DC, is seen from the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA. (Robert K. Hamilton / The Baltimore Sun)

Criminal penalties for simple marijuana possession will be replaced with a $25 civil fine, similar to a parking ticket; penalties in the nation’s capital will be among the lowest in the country

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The District of Columbia Council approved a bill 10-1 Tuesday that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana in the nation’s capital. D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has voiced support for the bill and is expected to sign it promptly.

“This is a big step forward for our nation’s capital, as well as our nation as a whole,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the bill. “Clearly, marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered in the…

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