Jan 142015
 January 14, 2015

washington dc marijuana decriminalizationWashington D.C. voters overwhelmingly passed a marijuana legalization initiative during the last election. The move brought swift reactions from anti-marijuana members of Congress who tried to block the initiative from being implemented via a rider in the federal budget bill. However, due to poor language, and a strong will in D.C., it appears that the attempt wasn’t enough to stop D.C., which has started the process of making the initiative law. Per the Washington Post:

The District of Columbia defied the new Republican Congress on Tuesday, challenging the House and Senate to either block or let stand a voter-approved ballot measure to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital.

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) sent the measure to Capitol Hill, starting the clock on a 30-day review window that Congress has usedonly three times in 40 years to quash a local D.C. law.

If Congress or President Obama do not act to block it, the ballot measure permitting possession of up to two ounces and home cultivation of pot could become law in the District as early as March.

For a little while people were wondering if D.C. would move forward due to the actions and words coming out of the United States Congress. I’m happy to see that they are, and the ball is now fully in Congress’ court. If Congress does nothing (which they are very good at doing), the initiative automatically becomes law. The fact that the burden is on Congress to block it, and not on D.C. to fight for it, is very significant. I’m confident that things will work out, and that there will be legal marijuana grown in D.C. this Spring.

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  8 Responses to “DC Moves Forward With Marijuana Legalization”

  1.  

    Any chance Dipshit Andy from Maryland can try and stop this?

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      He has to get 216 Congress critters on board with him. The libertarian faction of the Republicans are 49 votes. The Democrats won’t vote for it. And a lot of Republicans would rather it didn’t become an election issue in 2016.

      My guess is that the R leadership will not let it come up for a vote for fear of a loss which would weaken the Rs. They know they are losing on the issue and would rather not make that obvious.

      Well that is my guess as a Republican oriented voter.

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      Also from the WaPo link in the above blog post.

      D.C. Democrats say they are ready to wager that Republicans will be unwilling to get bogged down in overturning the city’s marijuana law, which 7 in 10 voters supported in last month’s election. Doing so, Republican strategists acknowledge, risks exposing a divide between Republican conservatives and libertarians that could prove consequential to the 2016 presidential race.

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    So in other words if Congress blocks this, what does that tell us??? That OUR vote, doesn’t count for $#it???

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    A do nothing Congress is the best thing we have going. If only we had such a Congress in 1937.

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    bi#48

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    These days the majority of the american people favor relaxing or changing the laws dealing with Marijuana. until our Congress acts it remains on the
    Schedule 1 narcotics list. The same list as Heroin, Crack, LSD, and Methamphetamine

    Terminally and chronically ill people in many parts of the country still risk jail if found possessing marijuana. Banks are reluctant to allow Medical Operations, where it is legal, to deposit money because of this law. Many feel that changing the law would deal the criminal gangs a major set back

    The time is here the day is at hand for our Congress to change this once and for all. Write Congress, Call Congress, Embarrass Congress and they may act.

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