(J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press file)

POLL: Fair or not? Littering fines in D.C. are 3X its public pot-smoking fees

Fun fact: The fine for littering in Washington D.C. is $75 — while the district’s fine for smoking pot in public is only $25.

D.C.’s police chief Cathy Lanier took note of the surprising statistic at a recent speech: “I can’t afford to make jokes about it, but in 24 years of policing, it’s a little bit of a shift,” she said, according to The Daily Beast.

The very modern numbers bring up an interesting perspective. In 2015, should local governments be more concerned about littering, a serious but uncontroversial issue, than they are about hot-button marijuana? Let us know what you think in the poll below.

POLL: If you're caught littering in Washington D.C., the civil fine is $75. If you're caught smoking pot publicly in D.C., the civil fine is $25. Is that how it should be?

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