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Marijuana Laws In D.C. Set To Change

Some D.C. lawmakers are pushing for marijuana legalization in the District.
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Some D.C. lawmakers are pushing for marijuana legalization in the District.

The D.C. Council is set to approve a bill that would make possession of less than 1 ounce of pot a civil offense, punishable by a fine as low as $25. Mayor Vincent Gray says he supports the bill and could sign it as early as January.

D.C. leaders have long been cautious about legalizing the drug in part because Congress has the final say on city laws. Congress held up medical marijuana in D.C. for a decade. But with 17 states having some form of decriminalization, many believe Congress won't intervene.

Some activists want the city to go further by legalizing marijuana. They're considering a ballot initiative if the council doesn't take that step.

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