Why Congress Probably Won’t Block Marijuana Legalization In Washington, D.C.

Initiative 71 cannot take effect until after D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson submits it to Congress for review, which he is expected to do when the new Congress is seated in January.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  At a press conference yesterday, Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s congressional delegate, urged her colleagues to respect the will of the voters who overwhelmingly approved marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital last week. She was joined by three congressmen, including Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), who said trying to block legalization in D.C. or in Alaska Read the full article…

Top Senator Summons Holder for Position on Legal Pot

One can now imagine how nearly eight decades of marijuana prohibition will end -- not with the sudden crash of congressional action, but hollowed out from within as states one by one take matters in their own hands.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has “invited” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to a Sept. 10 hearing, where Holder will be asked to explain what the Obama administration intends to do about marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado, and medical laws in 18 other states and the District of Columbia.

Congress to Hold Hearing on Country's Clashing Marijuana Laws

Jars full of medical marijuana at Sunset Junction medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, California. The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on state and federal marijuana laws in September.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday he will address the blurred lines between federal and state marijuana laws in an upcoming hearing.