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 of Columbia — I’m going to speak out about the dangers of marijuana,” Fleming told CQ Roll Call during the recess of a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee meeting convened to examine the impact of the local law.

Although 18 states have already voted to loosen criminal penalties for the drug, Fleming believes Congress should intervene to stop Washington from doing so because the Constitution gives members the unique power to do that.

“This is the only place I have a say,” Fleming said, when asked why he wants to block the bill that has been passed by the D.C. Council and signed by Mayor Vincent Gray.

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