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This post was written by staff writer Catherine Moran.

D.C. Council members proposed various pieces legislation during their first legislative meeting of the year Tuesday, from building up the Metropolitan Police Department to full marijuana legalization.

Here are the top three proposed laws you should know.

1. Fully legalizing marijuana

At-large Council member David Grosso proposed a bill that would fully legalize marijuana in the District. While marijuana was decriminalized in D.C. and voters approved adult recreational use in 2014, Grosso’s legislation addresses past congressional intervention that prevented the city from regulating and taxing marijuana.

In June, Congress, which has jurisdiction over D.C., blocked an amendment that would have allowed the city to use funds for a legal marijuana retail market, according to Extract, a website focused on marijuana coverage.

“We know the war on drugs is and was a failure,” Grosso said, adding that it contributed to an increase in mass incarceration and is “racial in its implementation.”

Grosso said that his act is the logical next step in setting up a strong tax and regulatory system. The Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety will now work on and address the legislation.

2. Increasing law enforcement numbers

Ward 7 Council member Vincent Gray proposed a bill to increase D.C. police staffing, saying that MPD staffing is at the “lowest level in a decade.” MPD has more than 4,000 sworn and civilian members, according MPD, but Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham told Fox News in October that the number of sworn officers was slightly above 3,700.

Gray said former D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier emphasized meeting the 3,800 minimum officer threshold for several years as officer retention plagued the department.

The alumnus and former mayor said the city’s population surge requires increasing the number of sworn officers from 4,000 to 4,200, saying it was important to “increase the number of officers deployed to help neighborhoods most plagued by violent crime.”

The proposed legislation would set aside “adequate” funding in the budget for MPD, which would help to cover the cost of hiring, training and equipping officers, Gray said.

3. Access to free Wi-Fi

Ward 4 Council member Brandon Todd introduced legislation to create a taskforce that will work to provide and oversee construction for free wireless internet access in the District. Todd said free Wi-Fi will be beneficial to D.C.’s economy. People with lower incomes can miss the chance to pursue other opportunities without access to the internet, where most job applications are now hosted, he said.

“Today high-speed broadband is not a luxury – it’s a necessity,” Todd said, “The internet divide is an economic divide.”

Todd said cities like New York and Boston have increased accessibility to free Wi-Fi. New York recently added free Wi-Fi and cellphone service in the subway system, according to The New York Times.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announced their plans to add Wi-Fi to all underground Metro stations in December.

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A woman previously barred from campus was arrested for unlawful entry after being found in a women’s restroom on the third floor of Rice Hall Wednesday, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

The woman was detained after officers confirmed she was already barred from University property, University Police Department Officer Craig Thomas stated in the report. He said in the report that she was already in custody when he arrived on the scene at about 2:48 p.m.

The woman complained of several injuries and officers notified D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services, according to the report. She was taken to the GW Hospital emergency room at about 3:35 p.m. and was awaiting being discharged from the hospital for transportation to the Second District police station at about 5:22 p.m., the document states.

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Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.

A 79-year-old black male using a walker went missing Thursday in the 2100 block of I Street NW, according to a D.C. alert.

The Metropolitan Police Department sent out an alert to members of the second district of D.C. and tweeted identifying information shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

The man went missing at 1 p.m. and was last seen wearing a tan coat with blue jeans. He is 5 foot 10 inches tall, weighs 105 pounds and has a medium complexion, and his walker has tennis balls on the wheels, according to the alert.

The alert instructed people who found the man to call 911 instead of interacting.

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A “disorderly” person in the 7-Eleven in Mitchell Hall was arrested on Jan. 1 after officers discovered he had been barred from campus, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

University Police Department Officer Zachary Byrd responded to the scene at around 4:48 p.m. to assist MPD with the “disorderly” individual, according to the report.

“Once on scene, it was determined that the subject had been previously barred from the George Washington University Campus,” the report stated.

The person was arrested for unlawful entry and then transported to the Second District police station for processing, according to the document.

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University Police Department officers arrested a person barred from campus after the individual entered the Academic Center Wednesday, according to a public incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department.

The report stated that the individual entered the building, which houses Rome and Phillips halls, through the southwest entrance. UPD officers approached the person shortly after 3:30 p.m., after recognizing the individual as having been barred from campus, according to the report.

The individual was then arrested for unlawful entry.

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Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 2:26 p.m.

Person arrested for unlawful entry at 7-Eleven

The Metropolitan Police Department arrested an individual early Thursday at the 7-Eleven in Mitchell Hall for unlawful entry, according to a public incident report.

A MPD officer arrived at the residence hall at about 3 a.m. after being informed of an unlawful entry over the radio, according to the report.

The individual was arrested and transported to the Second District station for processing, the report stated.

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A male was arrested for assaulting a University Police Department officer early Friday morning, according to a public incident report from the Metropolitan Police Department.

UPD officers responded to District House at 10:45 p.m. Thursday to assist with a stuck elevator when they encountered an intoxicated male, the report said.

The man was “uncooperative” and did not follow officer directions. He then “fought” with UPD Officer Craig Thomas while being arrested, according to the report. He was arrested at 12:46 a.m. Friday.

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Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 12:16 p.m.

A man who had been barred from campus was arrested for unlawful entry in Shenkman Hall early Wednesday morning, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

MPD Officer Paris Van Burren was patrolling the area at 2:57 a.m. when he noticed the man in the closed food court after it had closed and concluded that he did not look like a student, according to the report.

The document states that after an investigation, officers determined the individual had been barred from the food court previously.

The man was then arrested and taken to the Second District station, the report said. There officers found that there was an open warrant for the man for failure to appear.

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Updated: Dec. 15, 2016 at 12:01 p.m.

University Police Department officers arrested a man Tuesday, who previously was barred from University property and was found sleeping against Ross Hall, according to a report from the Metropolitan Police Department.

After twice refusing to move, the man was placed under arrest for unlawful entry, the police report states.

UPD officer Joseph Sneddon noticed the man sleeping by the east side of the building behind a Metro bus shelter while patrolling the area shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to the report.

Sneddon remembered the man fit a description of an individual barred from University property and was known to be “violent toward law enforcement when contacted,” the document states.

The report said Sneddon then asked for assistance prompting the arrival of two other UPD officers, Christopher Coleman and Bengyella Doh.

After approaching the man, the offices found he was “not responsive to verbal commands.” UPD then contacted EMeRG, but the man told EMeRG he did not need help. He was arrested and MPD was contacted to transport the man to the Second District station, according to the report.

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A man who had been previously barred from University property was arrested for unlawful entry in Shenkman Hall Saturday, according to a public incident report.

At about 5:30 p.m., a University Police Department officer noticed the man in the food court and recognized he was barred from University property, according to the report.

The officer arrested the individual who was then taken to Second District police station for processing, according to the report.

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