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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Karen O'Keefe
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.
While decriminalization statutes and fines vary from state to state — with some including graduated penalties for repeat offenders — only New York creates a similar distinction for the public view or consumption of marijuana, Ms. O'Keefe said.
Under the laws, officers will ask people they have stopped to empty their pockets, only to arrest them if marijuana is found "in public view" once the person takes it out of a pocket, Ms. O'Keefe said.