Congressional Budget Poised to Partially Block Pot
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Congressional Budget Poised to Partially Block Pot
Posted by CN Staff on December 09, 2014 at 12:37:24 PT
By Aaron C. Davis and Ed O'Keefe
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- An emerging deal to keep the federal government funded into next year would block the D.C. government from allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capital, according to multiple congressional aides with knowledge of the negotiations.The spending package remains fluid, and aides warned that details could still change. But asked about the possible curb on D.C.’s marijuana initiative, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) conceded that it may be difficult to remove such language from the final bill.
“The District of Columbia should do what they want to do,” Reid said, adding that he opposes limits on the ballot measure passed last month by almost seven in 10 D.C. voters.If the tentative deal holds, it would represent a slightly better outcome than aides had floated late Monday, in which the spending deal would prohibit entirely the implementation of Initiative 71, which legalizes marijuana in D.C.The congressional interference, however, could create a level of chaos in the District. Possession of up to 2 ounces and home cultivation of up to three mature marijuana plants could be made legal under the letter of the initiative.However, the D.C. Council and mayor would be prohibited from spending any further city resources to develop and implement a regulatory scheme to allow for legal sale and taxation of pot.The constraints will also put Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser in a bind. She has said that she would not allow the Initiative to take effect without companion legislation creating legal sales, fearing that one without the other would lead to de facto open air drug markets in the nation’s capital.Aaron Davis covers D.C. government and politics for The Post and wants to hear your story about how D.C. works — or how it doesn’t.Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Aaron C. Davis and Ed O'KeefePublished: December 9, 2014Copyright: 2014 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on December 10, 2014 at 03:57:22 PT
New Mexico
Teacher Resigns After Student’s Story on Jesus and Weed Freaks out Religious Classmate
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on December 09, 2014 at 16:25:04 PT
Yesterday a Nevada initiative became the first marijuana legalization measure to qualify for the 2016 ballot.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on December 09, 2014 at 16:16:12 PT
Federal Cicuit Court Judge Panner.
After I gave my rebuttal in a federal court, Judge Panner sighted, and I quote, " The law has become too convuluted to rule on. I think we have bothered Mr. Sisson with this long enough. You are free to go, Mr. Sisson". The same here is true, I think. The law is too convuluted. To over enforce a bad law is maybe the best way to get rid of it?
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Comment #1 posted by konagold on December 09, 2014 at 16:04:29 PT:
WOW a free open air unregulated Pot Market in DC??
Alohaso rather than 'OK'ing a tax on Pot in the 'District', thus setting congressional approval of the legitimacy of pot sales, instead the resultant 'de-facto', untaxed market [freedom in other words], was the lessor of two evilswith folks being allowed to grow and possess ........... this horse done left the barn  one can not un-ring a bell especially the freedom bell
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