Washington, D.C., is the seat of federal law, but it is also gathering a lot of criticism for the way the local legal system is handling cases of suspected driving while impaired and driving under the influence. After it was discovered that the District's Breathalyzers were not properly calibrated and that people who had been convicted of drunk driving may not have been intoxicated, police have removed the Breathalyzer program altogether, leaving drivers vulnerable to a "broken system."
For nearly a decade, two Washington, D.C., police officers have been waging war with the city's residents, focusing on stopping and arresting people under suspicion for drunk driving. The two even carved out their own drunk driving niche within the Metropolitan Police Department. Patrolling the streets of the nation's capital, the duo has reportedly busted hundreds of alleged drunk drivers.
With the somewhat recent legalization of medical marijuana in Washington, D.C., there are still some unanswered questions of how marijuana can be sold when marijuana distribution is still a federal drug crime. While District medical marijuana growers haven't run into this problem yet, distributors in several of the 16 states in which medical marijuana is legal have had trouble working with banks. Many banks are hesitant to deposit money from marijuana dispensaries because it is unclear whether the federal government may classify it as money laundering.