City Desk

27 Citations Issued in First Two Weeks of Marijuana Decriminalization

D.C. police have issued 27 civil citations for marijuana possession in the two weeks since the city's new marijuana decriminalization law went into effect, according to police spokesman Araz Alali.  

The 27 citations were issued between midnight on July 17 and  July 30 and include two warnings. These figures could change as tickets are transmitted to headquarters, Alali says.

The new law says that people caught with less than an ounce of marijuana will be slapped with a $25 fine. Prior to July 17, marijuana possession could result in an $1,000 fine and up to six months in prison.

Washington City Paper has offered to pay the fines of the first five people hit with a citation whom we hear from, in exchange for their story. Exactly zero of the more than two dozen people who have been cited have contacted us. Want a $25 assist? Get in touch at potfine@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Photo by Katheirne Hitt via Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

 

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