Top Washington, D.C. Lawmaker Files Competing Legal Marijuana Bill Days After Mayor Unveils Her Plan

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The mayor of Washington, D.C. and city lawmakers want to regulate marijuana sales—but they have differing visions about what that system should look like. On Monday, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) introduced a cannabis regulation bill that’s being touted by reform advocates. The move comes days after Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) unveiled her own reform proposal, setting the stage for some debate as the city moves to enact the policy change. At face value, the competing pieces of legislation are similar: both would build on the District’s 2014 law legalizing marijuana possession and home cultivation by creating a regulated market that prioritizes social equity just as such a move is expected to be finally allowed with Democrats in control of Congress and empowered to remove a federal rider that has blocked local reform in the nation’s capital. But there are differences between the leaders’ bills when it comes to licensing, the tax rate, how revenue is appropriated and expungements. “The Act is the culmination of over a year of work by my office and various stakeholders to draft a proposal that creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for the cultivation, production, and sale of recreational cannabis while centering reinvestment and opportunity for people and communities hit hardest by the drug war,” Mendelson said in an explanation of his proposal, which is being cosponsored by a majority of his fellow Council members. This legislation creates a comprehensive regulatory framework for the cultivation, production and sale of recreational cannabis. Importantly this bill centers reinvestment on, and creates opportunities for, the people and communities that were hit hardest by the War on Drugs(2/2) pic.twitter.com/U9mo5ugrBO — Phil Mendelson (@ChmnMendelson) March 1, 2021 Bowser’s bill largely reflects past proposals, though it does include new licensing provisions and funding mechanisms that are meant to bolster social…

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