House Bill Aims To Keep D.C. Sales Of Marijuana Illegal

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  A House spending bill introduced Wednesday would block the District of Columbia from using any money “to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties” for possession of marijuana — a move that would keep the drug quasi-legal in the city.

Voters approved a ballot initiative in 2014 that legalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in the District, however without legislative action by local lawmakers it will remain illegal to buy or sell the drug.

The congressional rider will continue to block city leaders from pursuing legislation to regulate the sale and taxation of marijuana. A similar provision was included in a congressional spending plan adopted in December.