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Will the Rider Aimed at Stopping Marijuana Legalization in D.C. Actually Do That?

Will the Rider Aimed at Stopping Marijuana Legalization in D.C. Actually Do That?

Jacob Sullum|Dec. 10, 2014 4:46 pm

As I noted earlier today, the omnibus spending bill that Congress plans to pass this week includes a rider aimed at blocking marijuana legalization in Washington, D.C. But Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District’s nonvoting delegate in Congress, questions whether the rider will actually accomplish that goal. The spending restriction, introduced by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), says:

None of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinols derivative for recreational purposes.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) claims this rider “prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District.” But that is not quite accurate, since the rider refers to enactment, not implementation.

http://reason.com/blog/2014/12/10/will-the-rider-aimed-at-stopping-marijua



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