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Marijuana decriminalization takes effect in DC

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It is the first official day where possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalized in D.C.

It is a law D.C. officers are trying to educate others about because there is still a little confusion on this law and not everyone is up to date about it yet.

The Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act became law on July 17th after the end of congressional review. Now it means if cops catch you with an ounce of weed or less, it is no longer a criminal offense. But you will face a $25 fine and the pot will be taken.

It is also no longer a criminal violation for you to have marijuana-related paraphernalia such as bongs, rolling papers and cigar wrappers associated with an ounce or less of pot.

But you can still be arrested for selling pot, using it, having more than an ounce, and operating a vehicle or watercraft under the influence.

D.C. police are under strict training for implementing the law. In fact, the department says no member can make or approve a pot possession arrest without having taken the training first.

Cops are helping get the word out on this new law. D.C. is social networking and handing out info cards so you know your rights.

But even now that D.C. will not bust you for an ounce, the feds still will. U.S. Park Police, Capitol Police and uniformed Secret Service can arrest you for possession of any amount of weed.

For more information on this law, go to www.mpdc.dc.gov/marijuana

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