D.C. Is ‘Ready’ To Legalize Marijuana Sales As Soon As Congress Gets Out Of The Way, Mayor Says

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The mayor of Washington, D.C. says local officials are prepared to move forward with implementing a legal system of recreational marijuana sales in the nation’s capital just as soon as they can get over the final “hurdle” of congressional interference. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) introduced a cannabis commerce bill in February—and members of the District Council are now considering that as well as a separate proposal put forward by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) last month. In an interview on WAMU’s Politics Hour on Friday, Bowser was asked about the competing pieces of legislation and said “I think we’re ready from our end.” “We have a tax-and-regulates scheme. We’ve prepared our alcohol and beverage office to be prepared to implement regulation,” she said. “And we have to we have to get the hurdle of Congress out of the way.” Listen to Bower’s marijuana comments, about 48:35 into the audio below: While D.C. voters legalized cannabis possession and home cultivation in 2014, a congressional rider has blocked the jurisdiction from using its local tax dollars to create a regulated marijuana market. But now with Democrats in control of both chambers of Congress, in addition to the White House, advocates are anticipating that the barrier will be lifted. At face value, Bowser and Mendelson’s bills are similar: both would build on the District’s 2014 law by creating a regulated market that prioritizes social equity. But there are differences between the leaders’ measures when it comes to licensing, the tax rate, how revenue is appropriated and expungements. Here are the key differences between the mayor’s bill and the separate legislation from the chairman:  -Tax rate: Bowser’s bill would establish a 17 percent tax on marijuana sales, while Mendelson’s would impose a 13 percent tax. -Revenue: Both bills call for the establishment of two revenue funds to cover the administrative costs…

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