Good Day World!
Both Republican and Democratic congressional leaders managed to agree on something recently. A Christmas miracle?
It’s the same old shit according to the DC Cannabis Campaign and Drug Policy Alliance. Congress is playing the Grinch and blocking marijuana legalization in Washington DC.
HOW CONGRESS IS GETTING AWAY WITH IT
Through the Home Rule Act of 1973, Washington, DC, can elect a sitting local government composed of a council, mayor, and other local agencies. But the Home Rule Act also made it so each law passed by the local government requires congressional approval — and Congress can still block DC's laws through budgetary requirements, as they are doing with the legalization measure.
Congress previously used this authority to block DC from implementing a medical marijuana law for nearly 12 years. Federal lawmakers have also prevented DC from using local tax dollars to fund abortion services and life-saving clean needle exchange programs.
Read more: 6 questions about Washington, DC, statehood you were too disenfranchised to ask.
Time for me to walk on down the road…
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