House committee sets hearing to review D.C. marijuana decriminalization law

(WJLA) - A House committee will look into how a new D.C. law on marijuana affects federal police forces that work within city limits.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a decriminalization bill back in March that lowered the penalty for possessing a recreational amount of marijuana to a $25 fine. The law only applies to the Metropolitan Police Department which handles the bulk of marijuana-related arrests in D.C., but the bill has implications for the multiple police forces in the District, according to WAMU.

Any bill based by the Council and signed by Gray must undergo a congressional review period process. The House hearing is the next step in that process.

The hearing, originally scheduled for Thursday, has now been moved to Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Read more at WAMU.