Smoking marijuana and moderate possession is now officially legal in the District of Columbia, and, in spite of Republican opposition on Capitol Hill, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is standing by the change.
Legalization of marijuana in D.C., through Initiative 71, which was voted on in 2014, is about so much more than a lifestyle acceptance or liberal social engineering. Mayor Bowser's defense of decriminalization is also about refusing to allow thousands of D.C. area youth and African American citizens, who are grossly over-represented in arrests and prosecution for marijuana-related offenses - to continue to be victimized by unfair enforcement of anti-drug laws. As of 2014, African Americans in Washington, D.C. - most of whom live east of the Anacostia River - were eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, than whites.
I am so PROUD of my mayor, today, ..and I voted for Carol Schwartz. No kidding. I am proud, because she is principled, courageous and, most importantly, because she is standing up for her city.
Mantente fuerte, Mayor Bowser. Read more...