“MPD is snatching 6,000 people off the street, hauling them off to jail, and running them through the criminal justice system every year,” said D.C. Council candidate Paul Zukerberg, reports Julian Kimble at Complex. “These nonviolent citizens — mostly young black men — are being saddled with permanent criminal records, and sentenced to a lifetime of underemployment.”
Zukerberg, a defense attorney who has represented marijuana defendants, promises to push for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana if he’s elected next month.
D.C. has an inordinately high number of cannabis arrests per capita, according to the Washington City Paper, occasionally ranking among the highest in the U.S.
Most marijuana arrests in D.C. are, surprise surprise, of young, black men — despite the fact that a Washingtonian cover story last year revealed that many affluent D.C. residents also enjoy cannabis.
Marijuana possession is a misdemeanor in D.C., punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.