Congress DC Crackdown Due to Proposed Funding Legislation

Congress’s new proposed funding legislation would even further crack down on Washington, D.C.’s ability to spend its own money legalizing and regulating marijuana than is already the case under current appropriations policy.

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In a little-noticed provision buried on page 633 of Congress’s new bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, lawmakers are moving to further crack down on Washington, D.C.’s ability to spend its own money to legalize and regulate marijuana sales.

Low-level possession and cultivation of cannabis is already legal in the nation’s capital under a ballot measure that District of Columbia voters overwhelmingly approved in 2014. But the city has been stymied from moving ahead to legally regulate and tax the marijuana market under a series of annual Congressional riders enacted in recent years.