Civil Disobedience? People Are Not Paying Marijuana Fines in DC


According to a recent report, there have been 35 tickets issued for marijuana related offenses in Washington DC since the substance was decriminalized last month, and none of them have actually paid the fine.

The fine is 25 dollars, but luckily there seems to be a loophole which allows people to receive a ticket without being forced to give the officer their ID, meaning that they can easily provide false information.  This works in much the same way that littering fines work in the city, a program that is also largely unsuccessful.

“I could stop someone for littering and they could tell me ‘I’m Vincent Gray’ and could give me his home address. Then the mayor could later get a notice.  And there is nothing I can do to prove that he’s not Vincent Gray. The law is flawed,Delroy Burton, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fraternal Order of Police said.

Burton and other government employees are demanding that the laws be tightened so they can force marijuana suspects into giving them proper ID.

Meanwhile, people all over DC are still getting arrested for marijuana, despite the recent decriminalization measures.

“They lockin’ us up every way they can,” one DC resident told WJLA. “I ain’t seen one [ticket]yet. I don’t know not one person that got a ticket.”

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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at