District Digest: Not to be blunt about it, but weed is nearly legalized
Last Wednesday, District mayor Vincent Gray publicly expressed support for a bill in the D.C. Council that would decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana. Under the proposed legislation, the consequences for being caught with less than an ounce of weed would be reduced to a $100 fine, possible civil charges, and, of course, handing over the goods.
These punishments contrast sharply with the ones currently in place: a $1000 fine and possibly six months of jail time. The bill’s author and the office of the attorney general stated that they would agree to the tiny punishment of a $25 fine for breaking the new law, according to the Post.
The bill has the support of 10 of the 13 members of the D.C. Council members and is slated to be signed into law soon. Debate over complete legalization of marijuana in the District, however, continues to rage. To many, a $25 fine is $25 too much.
Unrest at Yardfest
On Friday, Howard University’s annual homecoming event Yardfest was temporarily shut down due to unruly crowds and trampling. Eight people were reported injured, including two members of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Members of the crowd were upset by the university’s decision to charge a $5 fee for what historically had been a free event and attempted to rush into the quadrangle where rapper Big Sean (of “Dance A$$” fame) was performing. After about an hour delay, wherein police corralled concert attendees, the show resumed without further disruption.
Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon took place without a hitch, with Girma Bedada of Ethiopia placing first out of approximately 30,000 participants. Bedada ran the marathon in two hours, 21 minutes, and 32 seconds. Captain Kelly Calway of the U.S. Army took first among the female runners, running the grueling 26.2-mile race in two hours, 42 minutes, and 16 seconds.
In other news, Chris Brown, whose now-infamous assault of a Maryland-area man outside of D.C.’s Hotel Washington surprised no one, had the charges brought against him reduced to a misdemeanor. Vox didn’t realize D.C. was also decriminalizing punching people in the face.
Photo: Wounded Warrior Regiment via Flickr