Threatening people who consume marijuana in public with arrest and a 60 day jail sentence will not deter this behavior. It will only perpetuate the harms that we have seen from failed drug war policies.
Presently, 25,000 undocumented immigrants in D.C. cannot obtain a driver's license from the DMV. To continue denying D.C. resident's access to ID and driving privileges entrenches discrimination by fettering freedom of movement, and creates a permanent subset of second-class residents.
Heading into the Washington, D.C. primary Tuesday, a little-known white candidate for an at-large council seat, Michael D. Brown, has essentially stolen the political identity of another, far better-known black politician.