The $25 noncriminal high

October 25, 2013

City officials on Thursday floated reducing marijuana possession penalties to a $25 fine. (AP)

Soon, in the District of Columbia, possessing marijuana could carry consequences less severe than most parking violations. During discussion of a decriminalization proposal Thursday, according to the Post’s Aaron C. Davis, city officials floated fines as low as $25 for an offense that has, over the decades, given thousands of city residents criminal records. “If the bill passes, the District would rank behind only Alaska, which has no fine, as the most forgiving,” Davis writes. “Even advocates of full legalization are surprised by the breakneck speed of the legislation in the District, where lawmakers have long been reluctant to test Congress on federal drug laws.” Ten of 13 D.C. Council members have co-introduced or co-sponsored the bill, and it has the qualified endorsement of Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan. More from WAMU-FMLoose LipsWaTimesDCistWJLA-TVWTTG-TVAP.

In other news:

Before running for a second term, Vincent Gray “must be forthright about the circumstances of the campaign that got him into office” (Post editorial)

Good luck: Teamsters hope to organize D.C. taxi drivers (Teamsters releaseWUSA-TVWBJCity DeskDCistAPWAMU-FM)

LivingSocial posts $25 million quarterly loss, narrowing earlier losses this year (Capital Business)

A young D.C. native makes his mark as a 14th Street restaurateur (Post)

Special-ed bus driver charged with drunk-driving in Oct. 7 incident (WJLA-TV)

Ron Moten on the “political and moral contradictions and conflicts” of decriminalizing marijuana possession (WaTimes)

Some highly-sought charter schools have opted out of unified lottery (GGW)

Mental health of Miriam Carey, shot dead outside Capitol, was of concern to police and family (PostAP)

Why was an 11-year-old shackled at D.C. Superior Court? (Legal Times)

Taxi commissioner suggests he would regulate against pink-mustached automobiles (WJLA-TV)

Thurgood Marshall Academy teacher wins $25,000 Milken Foundation award (PostWRC-TV)

Why school worker’s meningitis death is not cause for special alarm (WTOP)

Streetcars won’t carry paying passengers until next year, but testing will start sooner, DDOT says (DCist)

“Slow down,” say soccer stadium skeptics (Washingtonian)

There will be a Hampton Inn across from Nats Park come 2015 (JDLand)

Committee of 100 rally the troops for Monday council hearing (WBJHousing Complex)

Georgetown architect buys decaying Wisconsin Avenue theater, plans mixed-use rehab (Georgetowner)

SOME’s plans for affordable-housing-driven development at Benning Road Metro (WBJ)

Uniqlo is advertising for a D.C. store manager — at CityCenter? (PoPville)

Frager’s will reopen hardware business in temporary space on E Street SE (Hill Rag)

Someone broke into an SUV parked inside John Kerry’s Georgetown garage (WTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Gas leak at Langley Elementary hospitalizes seven (PostWRC-TV)

How long did Phil Pannell have to wait for an ambulance? (CHotR)

Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk is tomorrow (WTOP)

Tonight: Huge high school football showdown (Post)

NCAA smiles upon the Hoyas (Post)

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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