DC marijuana decriminalization law not retroactive says Court of Appeals

Here is the concluding passage of Judge Fisher’s opinion:

There is no language in the Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment or its legislative history that expressly states or necessarily implies that the statute applies retroactively to prosecutions already commenced, much less to a case like this one, where a conviction has already occurred. We therefore hold that the general savings statutes preserve all prosecutions for possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, and possession of related drug paraphernalia, when the offense was committed before July 17, 2014.


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