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At least for the time being, it's no longer a criminal offense to carry a joint in your pocket in most of the nation's capital.
The battle over the District's law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana has a new front, with the proposal of a local campaign that may ebb criticism from some House Republicans.
D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells is calling on the D.C. Council to pass a bill that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
A majority of D.C. City Council members and Mayor Vince Gray support removing local criminal penalties for marijuana possession, and that could lead to hundreds fewer arrests each year.
Adolescents who smoke pot regularly may suffer long-term problems, including permanent brain damage. However, according to a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the same isn't true for adult smokers.
Maryland lawmakers are already at work drafting bills on issues dealing with substance abuse and public safety.
A company dubbed the "Walmart of Weed" is putting down roots in America's capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana _ medical or otherwise.
Maryland and Virginia residents won't be able to buy medical marijuana from the District's dispensaries.
The locations where medical marijuana can be legally grown in the District of Columbia will be announced on Friday.
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