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.