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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Bill Piper
The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved a watered-down version of a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession in the nation's capital, adding a last-minute amendment that would ensure pot smoking in public continues to be illegal.
Activists in Washington, D.C., plan to submit an initiative by week's end that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot in the nation's capital in November — making the city one of a handful of jurisdictions poised to ask voters to consider the issue this year.
The District could stand to benefit financially from decriminalization of marijuana, but activists are divided over whether police would enforce the law more harshly because the city has a financial incentive.
"Our concern is if you're making public consumption a criminal arrestable offense, that is going to leave the racial disparities intact," Mr. Piper said.
"Some states, like California, don't distinguish between possession and smoking," said Bill Piper, director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance.