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D.C.'s proposal to decriminalize marijuana goes further than almost any other state in the nation, short of Colorado and Washington. PostTV explains the one-ounce rule in the legislation. (Theresa Poulson/The Washington Post)

The D.C. Council meets an hour later than usual today due to the weather, and the most prominent matter on the agenda is a second and final vote to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city. The measure, sponsored by Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), is expected to pass easily, The Post’s Aaron C. Davis reports, and the only real drama is over whether Vincent Orange (D-At Large) will succeed in amending the bill to prevent employers from testing for marijuana use. The law will set up some stark contrasts between local and federal drug laws: “It would be legal under District law, for instance, to carry up to an ounce of marijuana split into dozens of bags, the drug paraphernalia to smoke it and an unlimited amount of cash. But under federal law, those conditions could be used to charge someone with possession with intent to distribute, potentially drawing years in prison and other steep penalties.”

In other news:

Is it really March? (PostCapital Weather Gang)

Muriel Bowser moves to separate herself from fellow Gray challengers (PostPostTV)

Colby King: Time for Andy Shallal, Vincent Orange, Reta Lewis and Carlos Allen to bow out (Post column)

Petula Dvorak: FEMS dysfunction cannot continue (Post column)

Half of likely Democratic primary voters back D.C. United stadium plan, says poll from union-funded group (Loose LipsHousing Complex)

Attention to education reform must go beyond DCPS (Post editorial)

Jack Evans takes new shots at Muriel Bowser, this time for alleged “code words” (DofDLoose Lips)

Vince Gray gets warm welcome at Saturday’s Ward 7 forum (AP)

And endorsements from Latino, Asian-American caucus groups (PostInformer)

State of the District speech is reset for March 11 (WAMU-FM)

Secrets of Vincent Orange (Post)

Andy Shallal has a new Web video (YouTube)

Before snow fell, 40-year-old Northeast man died in Eastern Avenue car crash (Post)

In national context, District’s housing affordability isn’t so bad (Housing Complex)

A handy guide to appealing your new property tax assessment (We Love DC)

The Hotel Harrington, “Washington’s Tourist Hotel,” is 100 years old (Post column)

Did cops unduly hassle a car full of transgender passengers? (Blade)

National Park Service estimates national parks’ impact on D.C. economy at $600 million (DCist)

Gray signs power line burial bill (WAMU-FMWTOP)

Affordable but segregated housing on the U Street corridor (SALM)

Metro on a snow day can actually be fun (Post)

The latest snowstorm, by the numbers (City Desk)

Turns out the Smithsonian can muster enough personnel on a snow day to open one museum (City Desk)

The Ukrainian crisis reaches Upshur Street (GOG)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.



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