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Obama Budget Would Allow For Legal Marijuana Sales In D.C.

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During the 2014 Election Washington D.C. voters approved marijuana legalization by a wider margin than any state has up to this point. Despite the landslide victory, and the clear message sent by D.C. voters, federal politicians tried very hard to derail the initiative from becoming law. Federal politicians tried to include language in the federal spending bill aimed at preventing the initiative from being implemented. They didn’t succeed, and assuming Congress takes no further action in coming weeks, the initiative will become the law of the land in D.C..

The battle will then transition to whether or not D.C. will be allowed to roll out legal recreational marijuana sales. According to hardworking activist Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority, Obama’s recently released budget would allow that to occur. Tom Angell posted the following comparison of the language from Congress and Obama’s budget on Marijuana.Com yesterday, which can be seen below:

Obama Budget Language

SEC. 809.

(a) None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative.

(b) None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative for recreational purposes.

Congressional Language

SEC. 809.

(a) None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative.

(b) None of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative for recreational purposes.

In this case, words make all the difference. Obama’s budget is essentially just a proposal at this point, and requires committees from both chambers of Congress to approve it. That means that it’s far from a slam dunk, and there will no doubt be hurdles and attacks from the same politicians that have been trying to derail legal marijuana implementation in D.C.. However, this is still extremely significant.

  • Travis Reeves

    It should happen regardless. The large majority voted for legal cannabis!

  • Silly Rabbit

    If it doesn’t happen opponents can look forward to court battles and bad press …. Bad press will kill them so they will avoid – majority was too wide for them to turn against and then the DC City Council and Mayor want approved I suspect all will go well ….

    Now wouldn’t it be funny if weed all of a sudden weed got classified a schedule 2 drug verses the schedule 1, what would happen then as SEC. 809. it talks about schedule 1 drugs, just curious?

    • Sarijuana

      Exactly what came to mind for me too!

    • Schedule 3 should be our aim or lower. Schedule 2 is too restrictive.

      • 2buds4me

        Should be the same schedule as Tomatoes as far as I’m concerned… Mighty tasty and an essential part of every meal.

  • Cyndysub

    And the budget will increase the amount that the dea gets every year.