If the bill successfully traverses the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny, those caught in possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less will be subjected to a $25 civil fine as well as having to forfeit the marijuana and any paraphernalia used to consume or carry it.
D.C. has reverted back to a practice that it conceded was unacceptable, even when the District was mired in financial strife: Placing children and their parents in makeshift shelters at rec centers.
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took the first regulatory step toward securing a healthy future for Bristol Bay. Responding to over...
EPA has the opportunity to protect both a unique natural resource and an economic powerhouse. It has the scientific basis, legal authority, and moral responsibility to protect Bristol Bay. And that's exactly what this diverse coalition of Alaska Natives, subsistence, commercial and sports fishermen, lodge owners, faith leaders and environmental groups will tell EPA next week.
The mayor's office has a surplus, meaning that its decision to restrict funding from this organization is not only strategically ill-conceived, as it invariably invites more youth to pursue a path of violence and crime, it is morally unjustifiable.
Until we have statehood in D.C., my basic reproductive rights will continue to be under threat -- with or without HR 7.
Rev. Schaefer said that this experience has taught him that he can no longer be a silent supporter of the LGBT community but must speak out. He spoke of his commitment to do that wherever he will work.
All the reasons are there for an increase in minimum wage. It's good for the economy. It's good for workers and for business. It's good for social mobility, and it's good for the American Dream. What a patriotic policy, then, and how fitting for the nation's capital to consider it. Let's hope D.C. implements it and soon.
Putting secession on the ballot in a county is, pretty obviously, nothing more than a political stunt. It brings to mind those who launch efforts to amend the Constitution even though they know they're never going to succeed. I appreciate the value of a good political stunt, though.
Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?
D.C. is being treated like another federal agency and that has to stop. We are 632,000 people strong and must be allowed to spend our own tax money as every other city and state in the nation is allowed to do.
"If I had no money, if my life was crap, and all of a sudden I landed a few bucks, I sure as heck might blow it on something that made me feel good. I mean, that 30 bucks isn't going to get me into an apartment, but maybe the manicure'll make me feel human for a few minutes, you know?"
The bill to decriminalize marijuana in the District of Columbia is expected to pass the council later this year and could become law by early 2014.
To all who have favored but not worked toward drug policy reform because "the government will never allow it," let this be a lesson. Yesterday's announcement, was a direct result of millions of Americans uniting and forcing the government to do the right thing.
It will be a travesty if we don't move the primary away from the current date, which is April Fool's Day. The only ones who could like that date besides incumbents are the late night comedians and D.C. has given them enough fodder for jokes without this.
Over the years, Americans have had to come to term with inflation. Gas prices, medical costs have spiked, and food and housing all have put families in a precarious predicament. Yet, minimum wage hasn't quite made the necessary leap to offset some of these costs.