Marijuana’s Latest Battleground Is Between District Of Columbia And Congress

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  In the on-going battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over who runs the federal district, two fights over marijuana use have opened up some old constitutional wounds.

The District of Columbia was created by the Founding Fathers from land owned by the states of Maryland and Virginia, with the intention of setting up a safe, secure federal district. This week marked the 214th anniversary of the Residence Act of 1790, which established a location on the Potomac River for the District.

However, the Founders were very clear to specify that the District of Columbia wasn’t a state, and its citizens had limited rights.

On an annual basis, there are arguments between city officials and Congressional members on an appropriations bill that funds part of the city’s expenses. House and Senate members have tried to attach conditions on the funding plan that restrict the city’s rights to enact laws and rules about guns, statehood, and abortion funds.

 

Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Vows Workable Medical Marijuana Program This Year

MARYLAND:  A bipartisan group of state lawmakers vowed Friday to pass legislation this year to create a workable medical marijuana program that would cover children with debilitating conditions as well as adults.

Dels. Cheryl D. Glenn and Dan K. Morhaim, sponsors of two bills that would replace legislation passed last year that is widely regarded as a failure, said they would meld their two versions into a single measure. One change they expect to make in the original bills next week is to remove provisions restricting the therapeutic use of cannabis to adults.

“It would be immoral not to allow our children to get medicine that could in many cases be life-saving,” said Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat.