Tonight at midnight, marijuana possession of less than an ounce in the District will be decriminalized. Days in which being caught with the same amount could mean six months in prision and a $1,000 fine will soon be in the past, to be replaced with a $25 ticket. And for five lucky recipients of said ticket, the Washington City Paper has offered to front your bill.
“At Washington City Paper, we think the new law is a big improvement: For one, the vast majority of people arrested for possession of marijuana in D.C. are black, and the racial disparity in pot arrests is getting worse. For another, why should the other Washington be more progressive than we are? But we’re also curious to see how it’ll be enforced. So we’ll make an offer to the large, large numbers of people living here who have at some point possessed pot: If you get a citation under the new law, send us a picture of the citation and tell us your story, and if you’re one of the first five people we hear from at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll pay your $25 fine.”
While publicly outing yourself as a pot smoker isn’t required, WCP does require a photo of the citation (in which identifying details can be blurred out) and the circumstances under which it was issued – why and where you were stopped, how said marijuana was found, whether it was confiscated, and most importantly, was the issuer aware of the new law.
For more, or to submit your citation and be among the first five who’s ticket is paid by the City Paper, click here.