Can Congress Get Stoned If D.C. Legalizes Marijuana?

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  When the District of Columbia Board of Elections agreed to put an initiative on the November 4 ballot that would legalize marijuana in the district, they prompted an interesting question: Will Congress be allowed to get stoned? The short answer is—yes. If passed, Initiative 71 will allow D.C. residents above the age Read the full article…

White House Says Marijuana Policy Is States’ Rights Issue

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The Obama administration believes marijuana policy is a states’ rights issue, the White House said Monday in opposing Republican-led legislation that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using local funds to decriminalize marijuana possession. The GOP-sponsored House amendment would prevent D.C. “from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles Read the full article…

DEA May Be Losing The War On Marijuana Politics

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: For narcotics agents, who often confront hostile situations, Capitol Hill has been a refuge where lawmakers stand ready to salute efforts in the nation’s war on drugs. Lately, however, the Drug Enforcement Administration has found itself under attack in Congress as it holds its ground against marijuana legalization while the resolve of Read the full article…

Odds are increasing that D.C. Will Vote On Legalizing Marijuana — Despite Congress

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixteen years ago, D.C. activists gathered signatures to let voters decide if the District should be among the first in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. Then Congress stepped in, and city officials were not even allowed to count the ballots that voters had cast. Inside a rented house in Northwest Washington, behind Read the full article…

Federal Restrictions On Pot Are Under Review

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The federal government is reviewing its heavy-handed restrictions on marijuana, Food and Drug Administration officials confirmed Monday. This is potentially huge news for marijuana legalization and medical marijuana advocates. If the review finds any medical value in marijuana, it could mark the beginning of the most significant shift in American drug policy since the war on drugs Read the full article…

Expert: Marijuana Is ‘Gateway Drug To The White House’

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The dangers of marijuana use are overstated, and the last three presidential elections prove it, an expert told a congressional panel on Friday. “When we talk about marijuana as a gateway drug, we have to remember that the last three occupants of the White House have smoked marijuana,” said Carl Hart, an Read the full article…

Rand Paul And Cory Booker Team Up To Protect State Medical Marijuana Programs

by Grover Norquist and Ethan Nadelmann DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: As soon as next week, the U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to vote on a bipartisan amendment being offered by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ that would prohibit the federal government from spending taxpayer money to interfere with state medical marijuana laws. We urge Read the full article…

Rand Paul, Cory Booker Join Forces to Protect Medical Marijuana From Feds

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Three senators proposed amendments Wednesday to ban the Justice Department from spending money to combat medical marijuana in states that allow it. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., are sponsoring an amendment to broadly ban action against state medical marijuana laws. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., is sponsoring an amendment that would specifically Read the full article…

Stop The War On Drugs, Says Top Republican

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ohio Republican Rob Portman, a leading figure in his party who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for president in 2016, will call for a reevaluation of the “war on drugs” and the massive prison population it has created in a speech set for Tuesday and shared exclusively with BuzzFeed. But Portman Read the full article…

Republican John Fleming Wants To Block D.C. From Decriminalizing Pot

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Rep. John Fleming, R-La., a physician and outspoken opponent of liberalizing marijuana laws, intends to introduce a House resolution to block the District from decriminalizing possession of small amounts of pot. “Any place that I can have a say — whether it’s nationally, whether it’s individual states, or even in the District Read the full article…