With the Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014 having gone into effect yesterday, the Washington Post did an article today discussing the fate of the last few people who were arrested under the old law. (From now on, possession or transfer without payment of one ounce or less of marijuana will be a civil infraction, not punishable as a criminal offense.) It was like that question from back in the 1970’s: Who wants to be the last American killed in Vietnam?
But I wouldn’t worry too much about those last people arrested. I am willing to bet that those last arrests will go the same way as so many marijuana cases even before the new law went into effect: The government will quietly “no paper” – i.e., dismiss – the charges on the day of the person’s arraignment.