"How do you feel about the City Council's move to decriminalize the use of small amounts of marijuana?" Staff reporter Joann Stevens and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went to American University to ask students their views.

Jacqueline Barnes, 24, criminal justice major: "I kind of go along with it to decriminalize the use of small amount. To me it just seems so petty, I don't go along with the harder drugs but when you get a person [WORD ILLEGIBLE] small amounts (the courts) don't prosecute that person anyway. It's a waste of time for the police officer, the court system and the person."

Frank Smith, 29, pyschology major: "I think a lot of drugs should be decriminalized or bans should be put on them all, like alcohol and tobacco. Some drugs are harmful and a lot aren't. Speed and PCP are very dangerous."

Rosalind Harper, 19, communications major: "I've been thinking about it and in some ways I feel it (the law) is not going to have any effect at all. It's not going to change people's minds, They're going to do it anyway."

Richard Skobel, 20, political science and economics major: "I think for small amounts it's good, but that's about as far as it should go. I don't believe someone should be put in jail over it. I think the use of pot at American University is widespread. About 80-90 per cent (of the students) have tried it."

Mark Pollack, 18, accounting major: "I think it's good because a lot of people are going to do it regardless. There's a controlled amount of pot smoking here."

Kathy Kissel, 19, computer science major: "I think it should be decriminalized because there are worse drugs that are going around. They don't know of the effects of marijuana, a lot of people use it, and it would lower the price if it was decriminalized. I'm for it."

Robert Weber, 19, international studies major: "I think it would be good. I don't think it's of any benefit to arrest people for small amounts of marijuana."