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Data is now indicating that since the 2014 decriminalization of marijuana in DC, and since Initiative 71 passed in 2015, there has been a remarkable decrease in marijuana-related arrests. Metropolitan Police Department records indicate that between 2010 and 2015 the number of arrests for both distribution and possession with the intent to distribute have dropped as 80%. Initiative 71, in particular, which makes possessing, growing, and gifting "modest amounts" of marijuana legal, has changed the standards for evidence for the crimes.
Clearly, legalization has had a positive effect on the way marijuana-related crimes are handled in the judicial system. Now, cannabis entrepreneurs are waiting for DC legislatures to figure out laws that will regulate the way cannabis is handled and consumed in private business venues. This issue is scheduled to be voted on by the Committee on the Judiciary in February. Legalizing cannabis has brought good things to DC thus far, lets see how much better things will get in 2016.
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