The marijuana arrest capital of the U.S.


Blacks are eight times more likely than whites to get arrested for marijuana possession in D.C. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

In very few places are more people arrested for possessing marijuana than in the District of Columbia. And of the thousands arrested each year, African Americans are more than eight times more likely to be arrested than whites — a disparity exceeded by only one state. Those are the findings of an American Civil Liberties Union survey of FBI crime data, highlighting the high number of weed arrests in America and the racial disparities that play out nationally and especially so in the District. About nine in 10 marijuana arrestees here are black, Annys Shin reports in The Washington Post. In a statement responding to the findings, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said her “priority has been combating violent crime,” not locking up low-level drug offenders, and she said her goal is to reduce arrests, period: “Isn’t it better for a community if arrests drop because there are fewer crimes?”

In other news:

Taxi driver is shot to death in blacked out Adams Morgan; police shoot it out with assailants (PostWAMU-FMWUSA-TV)

Susan G. Komen Foundation cancels D.C.’s “Race for the Cure” (Post)

Community meeting on Barry Farm redevelopment melts down, thanks to Empower D.C. protesters (Housing Complex)

West End medical practice is among first in city to embrace medical marijuana (HuffPo)

D.C. Water takes the stink out of the Potomac riverbank (WRC-TV)

Council gives temporary okay to health insurance exchange, including small-business mandate (PostWBJ)

And decides it will deal with the most controversial food truck regulations another day (DCistExaminer)

And okays anti-truancy, anti-test-cheating bills (Post)

David Catania’s education bills get indifferent response from Gray administration (PostLoose LipsWRC-TVWUSA-TVWJLA-TV)

Anita Bonds bill would exempt longtime-resident, low-income seniors from property taxes (WAMU-FMDCist)

Muriel Bowser bill would offer schoolkids free Metro rides (Examiner)

Tommy Wells bill would legitimize residential parking bans for new developments (Housing Complex)

Former PERB director goes on camera with discrimination allegations (WUSA-TV)

What’s good for CareFirst is not necessarily good for the rest of the health insurance industry (WBJ)

Yeah, the current mayoral field promises to split up the white vote (WRC-TV)

“Jack Evans is concerned about getting his kids back and forth to school, and he doesn’t give a damn about people who live, work and play in Glover Park. All he cares about is driving through Glover Park as fast as he can.” (Current via Dish)

Metro falls behind on promised elevator/escalator repairs (Examiner)

Mount Vernon Triangle BID director is looking to start one in Dupont (Housing Complex)

Council hearing today on consolidating boards and commissions (Examiner)

And on taxi safety (WRC-TV)

Harry Jaffe: Riverside development highlights city’s transformation (Examiner column)

Former National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building, a block from Nationals Park, will soon get redeveloped (In the Loop)

Horning Brothers, Community of Hope have big plans for Fort Stanton (WBJ)

Inside the D.C. Public Schools’ LGBT outreach (GGW)

Lesbian health group will become arm of Whitman-Walker (Blade)

National Airport runway will be moved into the Potomac (WBJ)

Where the super-disruptive Metro track work has been (GGW)

National group praises D.C.’s parks access (Post)

Union Market brings the suburbs to Northeast (GOG)

Donnie Simpson might be coming out of retirement (Post)

Marion Barry’s Twitter followers “are overwhelmingly white (84%), male (59%) and married (89%)” (In the Capital)

Horrific abuse of dibs (PoPville)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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