Mixed Signals: The Administration's Policy on Marijuana, Part Three, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 9, 2014   [open pdf - 3MB]

This testimony compilation is from the May 9, 2014 hearing, "Mixed Signals: The Administration's Stance on Marijuana, Part Three" before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. This hearing focused on new laws enacted to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington, D.C. From the written statement of Peter Newsham: "The Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-305) (the Act), which is projected to become effective law in mid-July, amends the District of Columbia's criminal code to decriminalize the possession of one ounce or less of marijuana. Instead of facing a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail, up to $1,000 fine, or both, once the Act goes into effect, individuals will be subject to a $25 civil fine and MPD officers can seize any visible marijuana. [...] Decriminalizing marijuana may help reduce the number of people with arrest records for possession of small amounts of marijuana, which may enable them to more easily find gainful employment. The Act maintains criminal penalties for selling marijuana and public usage of marijuana, which is important to combat drug dealing and to ensure neighborhoods' quality of life." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of Eleanor Holmes Norton, Peter Newsham, Robert D. MacLean, David A. O'Neil, and Seema Sadanandan.

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