Decriminalize it?

October 24, 2013

Medical marijuana was the first step in what looks to become a broader liberalization effort. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

It’s becoming increasingly likely that city leaders will decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. On Wednesday, The Post’s Aaron Davis reports, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) gave his first unalloyed support for the idea. And later in the day, D.C. Council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) convened a hearing at the Anacostia library branch to discuss their decriminalization bill. As the District’s medical marijuana program founders, the public seems prepared to move forward with new cannabis liberalizations. But there seems to be a political limit for now. Gray said Wednesday he was unsure if he would go farther than decriminalization: “Legalization is another issue. I’m not there on that issue, yet.” More from WRC-TVWTTG-TVWAMU-FMWTOP and Washingtonian. And do check out City Paper’s “Pot Issue.”

In other news:

Phoenix’s Jeff DeWitt will almost certainly be your next D.C. CFO after easy confirmation hearing (PostAPLoose Lips)

The high-stakes blood fight between two D.C. hospitals over an expensive and unproven cancer treatment (Washingtonian)

St. Elizabeths “gateway pavilion” opens — but will anyone use it? (WBJWJLA-TV)

DCPS cafeteria worker dies of meningitis; parents worry (WJLA-TV)

With refusal to veto AG election delay, Vince Gray’s “champion-of-democracy posture is inconsistent” (Post column)

Kenyan McDuffie will seek another term. Let the mayoral whispers begin? (WRC-TV)

Former GOP rival to Jim Graham now says Graham is great (Blade)

The plans for Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street are a mess after historic facade is razed (PoPville)

Shutdown-ending budget deal also temporarily blocked Eisenhower Memorial construction (Roll Call)

Eleanor Holmes Norton plan to study Mall parking garage goes nowhere (Norton release)

D.C. health exchange looks pretty good next to feds’ disaster (DCFPI)

Arts doyenne Philippa Hughes confronts breast cancer (Arts Desk)

Woman accused of suffocating her baby could plead to manslaughter charge (WaTimes)

Now-shuttered Adams Morgan nightclub found negligent for serving woman who struck and killed cyclist after leaving (Post)

Inside the D.C. jail women’s unit (WRC-TV)

Phil Pannell collapses at mayor’s Wednesday presser, but will be okay (Blade)

You will not be surprised to learn that D.C. is losing its industrial real estate (WBJ)

Come to D.C., end your domestic partnership (Blade)

Georgetown: cradle of retail success (G’town Met)

Banneker High students work on device to foil “active shooters” (WTOP)

How one charter school uses short suspensions to keep students successful (GGW)

Why not offer commuter benefits to bikesharers? (GGW)

If you’re going to have mixed-use libraries, the other uses should not be “unrelated” (RPUS)

Body found in Judiciary Square Metro station (Dr. Gridlock)

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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