Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., opposes an effort by the House GOP to nix the District’s attempt to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The White House has a message for Congress — hands off the District of Columbia, including its new law decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
Buried in a broadly worded veto threat of the Financial Services appropriations bill, the administration said Monday it “strongly opposes” language restricting the District’s ability to spend its own money on a host of issues, including implementing marijuana policy and abortions.
“The Administration strongly opposes the language in the bill preventing the District from using its own local funds to carry out locally-passed marijuana policies, which again undermines the principles of States’ rights and of District home rule,” the administration said. “Furthermore, the language poses legal challenges to the Metropolitan Police Department’s enforcement of all marijuana laws currently in force in the District.” Full story