Skip To Content
BuzzFeed News Home Reporting To You

Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link.

Caso não concorde com o uso cookies dessa forma, você deverá ajustar as configurações de seu navegador ou deixar de acessar o nosso site e serviços. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies.

Marijuana Decriminalized In Washington, D.C., At Midnight

The new law allows people to possess up to an ounce of pot for personal use. Smoking and selling weed, however, is still illegal.

Posted on July 17, 2014, at 12:50 a.m. ET

At midnight Thursday, a marijuana decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Council in April completed a 60-day congressional review period and went into effect.

The law culminated after a lengthy debate that sought to address the huge racial disparity in arrest statistics and allows people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. Smoking and selling weed, however, is still illegal.

The new law impacts how police handle one of the most common violations they encounter:

- Police must see someone smoking pot, not just smell marijuana, to charge someone with a misdemeanor, which is similar to possessing open containers of alcohol in public.

- Police are no longer allowed to demand identification from a person found in possession of up to one ounce.

- Police who find people with larger amounts or using marijuana in public places can still be arrested and charged with a crime, but otherwise they receive a $25 fine.

FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP / Getty Images

People were definitely excited for the clock to strike midnight:

The city bout to go up in smoke #decriminalization lol

Moby Dick@CeeThaViLLAiN

The city bout to go up in smoke #decriminalization lol

5:22 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At Midnight DC is about to smell a little louder #decriminalization

sibaja.@lizkhalifa

At Midnight DC is about to smell a little louder #decriminalization

1:48 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Finally can blaze without being paranoid in DC as long as you have under an ounce! #420 #decriminalization #WashingtonDC

MineIsYours@OpenUrMind13

Finally can blaze without being paranoid in DC as long as you have under an ounce! #420 #decriminalization #WashingtonDC

11:24 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Did that new weed fine go into affect in #WashingtonDC tonite?

Jay Ross@OGJayRoss

Did that new weed fine go into affect in #WashingtonDC tonite?

6:10 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#weed decriminalizes at 12:01 am in #DC

6 Hours til midnight. I love this city!!! #420inJuly #DCdecriminalization

Fat Kneel@FatKneel

6 Hours til midnight. I love this city!!! #420inJuly #DCdecriminalization

11:20 AM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

ADVERTISEMENT