Democratic Senators’ Bill Would Let DC Legalize Marijuana Sales In Contrast To Biden’s Proposed Blockade

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The Democratic leader of a key U.S. Senate committee on Monday released the text of legislation that, if enacted, would finally allow Washington, D.C. to legalize recreational marijuana sales—in contravention of the wishes of President Joe Biden. The new bills and attached report language announced by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which are part of a package of legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2022, also contain several additional cannabis-related provisions. Among others, they would continue an existing protection for state medical marijuana laws, call on the federal government to reconsider policies that fire employees for cannabis, criticize the restrictive drug classification system that impedes scientific research and encourage the development of technologies to detect THC-impaired driving. The House included its own cannabis-related legislative provisions and report language on many of these issues in large-scale appropriations legislation it passed in July. Since then, the 2022 fiscal year technically started on October 1 but the government has been operating on a temporary “continuing resolution” for spending while the Senate has worked to catch up on its bills. The current temporary funding is set to expire on December 3, however, and Democratic leaders want to finalize FY22 appropriations by then. Here’s a look at the full language of the cannabis-related provisions in new spending bills and attached reports: Letting Washington, D.C. Legalize Perhaps the most consequential aspect of the new bills is what’s missing: A longstanding rider that has prevented Washington, D.C. from spending its own money to legalize and regulate adult-use marijuana sales. While local voters approved a ballot initiative to allow low-level cannabis possession and home cultivation in 2014, Congress has since blocked local officials from adding a legal sales component. The new legislation from the Appropriations Committee omits the rider, which Biden proposed to…

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