On Eve Of DC Marijuana Hearing, Congresswoman Is Optimistic That Federal Blockade Will Be Removed

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With the Washington, D.C. Council set to hold a hearing on a bill to legalize marijuana sales on Friday, the congresswoman representing the District says she’s more optimistic than ever that the reform will be enacted. That’s because, for the first time in years, congressional appropriations legislation in both the House and Senate have excluded language that has specifically prohibited D.C. from using its local tax dollars to implement a regulated cannabis market. The language was removed by Democratic congressional leaders despite the fact that President Joe Biden’s budget proposal sought to continue the Republican-led ban. D.C. voters approved an initiative in 2014 to legalize the personal possession and home cultivation of marijuana, but the federal spending bill rider has tied the hands of local lawmakers when it comes to allowing for the type of regulated commerce that’s available in other legal states. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said on Thursday that she is “closer than ever” to removing the blockade on cannabis commerce in her district. “D.C. should be able to collect tax revenue from all available sources, like every other jurisdiction, including from recreational marijuana, which is believed to be widely used in the District and throughout the country,” she said. I've gotten the rider removed from the pending House and Senate versions of the FY22 DC Appropriations bill. DC should have full control over how it chooses to spend local funds, including on marijuana commercialization. Details: https://t.co/R4S1v7dDOD — Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) November 18, 2021 “The D.C. Council hearing on marijuana commercialization legislation tomorrow is timely, because my effort to remove the appropriations rider from the fiscal year 2022 D.C. Appropriations bill would allow D.C.’s local legislation legalizing commercialization to pass and take effect,” she said. “I will always fight to remove each and every rider…

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