D.C. Council Backs Down On Marijuana Hearing After Attorney General Warning

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The D.C. Council abandoned plans to hold a hearing on how to tax and regulate marijuana on Monday after the District’s new attorney general warned it could subject city lawmakers and their staff members to fines and even jail time.

The move amounted to a setback for advocates of full marijuana legalization and underscored the halting way the District may be forced to implement Initiative 71, the ballot measure approved overwhelmingly in November by District voters.

The hearing was scuttled even though business leaders who had launched sales of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state had traveled to the District to discuss a proposed bill to fully legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital.