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D.C. Holds Hearing on Marijuana Sales
Posted by CN Staff on February 09, 2015 at 05:22:56 PT
By Ian Simpson
Source: Reuters
Washington, D.C. -- The legal sale of marijuana in the U.S. capital takes a step forward on Monday as District of Columbia city council members weigh a bill legalizing pot and regulating its sale.The hearing comes as Congress faces an end-of-the-month deadline to quash a ballot initiative overwhelmingly approved by Washington voters legalizing marijuana.
The finance, business and judiciary committees will hear testimony on a bill that would let the city join the states of Washington and Colorado in allowing the sale of marijuana for recreational use by adults.The Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2015 would legalize the possession and sale of small amounts of marijuana for adults and permit cultivation of up to six plants.The measure sets out rules for the sale of marijuana and pot-infused products. The District's liquor board will oversee regulation, and tax revenues will go into a dedicated fund.Sixty-five percent of Washington voters approved a ballotmeasure, Initiative 71, in November that made pot legal for recreational use.But the measure faced opposition from congressional Republicans, who included language in a December spending law that barred the city from using any funds to legalize pot.Congress has oversight of the District of Columbia, and a congressional review period for Initiative 71 runs out at the end of February.Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, said after taking office last month that her administration wanted both to work with Congress and to have the will of Washington voters enforced.Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has said that by March the city would begin to treat Initiative 71 as law, which would in effect legalize possession without any way to buy pot legally.Congress has used the review process only threetimes in 40 years to overturn a District of Columbia law.President Barack Obama also has taken a stance on Washington pot. His fiscal 2016 budget leaves the District of Columbia free to spend its own funds on legalization.The city has one of the lightest U.S. penalties for potpossession, although marijuana is illegal under federal law. Voters in Alaska and Oregon last year also approved ballot measures allowing adult recreational use of marijuana.Reporting by Ian SimpsonSource: Reuters (Wire)Author: Ian SimpsonPublished: February 9, 2015Copyright: 2015 Thomson ReutersCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/cannabis.shtml 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on February 09, 2015 at 15:37:45 PT
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D.C. Council Backs Down on Marijuana Hearing After Attorney General Warninghttp://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2015/02/09/DC-Council-Backs-Down-Marijuana-Hearing-After-Attorney-General-WarningThe D.C. Council abandoned plans to hold a hearing on how to tax and regulate marijuana on Monday after the Districtís new attorney general warned it could subject city lawmakers and their staff members to fines and even jail time.The move amounted to a setback for advocates of full marijuana legalization and underscored the halting way the District may be forced to implement Initiative 71, the ballot measure approved overwhelmingly in November by District voters.The hearing was scuttled even though business leaders who had launched sales of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state had traveled to the District to discuss a proposed bill to fully legalize marijuana in the nationís capital.Cont.
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