A D.C. councilmember was vocal about his support of decriminalizing marijuana earlier this week.
This is what at-large councilmember David Grosso said:
“It’s time for us to recognize that marijuana does not do harm. It’s not a gateway drug like people think it is. It’s not causing massive accidents or causing people to go crazy on the streets. And it’s just leading a lot of kids right to jail. Until they’re able to purchase this in a regular store and not have any consequences, that’s what it’s going to continue to do.”
Gross pointed to an ACLU study that shows about 90 percent of those arrested in D.C. for marijuana possession are black.
“For too many years we’ve put non-violent drug offenders behind bars, disproportionately affecting African-American males, especially in the District of Columbia,” he said. “It’s time for us to step up and stop that from happening. The way to stop that is decriminalization.”
A bill was introduced by another councilmember, Tommy Wells, that would make possession of less than one ounce of pot just a civil offense. The maximum punishment would be a $100 fine.
So, do you agree with Grosso? Is it time to decriminalize marijuana?