White House Threatens to Veto Bill That Would Kill D.C.’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law

The White House threatened to veto the 2015 House appropriations bill,  which would effectively quash D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization bill.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The White House threatened Monday to veto the 2015 House appropriations bill,  which contains a buried amendment that would effectively quash D.C.’s marijuana decriminalization bill.

In June, Republican Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, tacked on an amendment to the larger appropriations bill that said D.C. could not use any of its money to enact or enforce its locally passed decriminalization. The bill looks like it will survive its mandated 60-day Congressional review period, which expires Thursday, but if there is no money to enforce the law, it could be rendered meaningless.

The Appropriations Committee already passed the appropriations bill, which now has to make it through a full House vote and a joint conference with the Senate, which seems unlikely at best.

 

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