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February 8, 2016

Obama to Congress: Hands Off D.C.’s Marijuana Policy

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., opposes an effort by the House GOP to nix the District's attempt to decriminalize marijuana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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.”

The House GOP pushed through the marijuana provision in committee, led by Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland.

The amendment prompted David Catania, a City Councilman running for mayor as an independent, to storm Harris’ office.

The overall veto threat was of the weaker “advisors would recommend” variety.

“The bill impedes implementation of the Affordable Care Act, undermines critical components of Wall Street reform, and fails to provide the resources necessary to provide robust taxpayer services and improve tax enforcement. Further, the legislation includes ideological and political provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation,” the administration said.

  • Brian

    Federal Law says weed is still illegal. I wonder how states-righty or Home-Ruley Obama would be if Rich Perry decided to deport all illegals without a court hearing. Oh wait, AZ tried that and Obama pointed out that Fed Law trumps state/local law. Obama is a criminal

  • Youssef Ismail

    The man finally does something right, and you want to complain about it?

  • wttexas

    both you guys sound great,,
    we need policy from the people,,not from one person,,that changes every 4 yrs…

  • BruceMajors4DC

    Marijuana becomes decriminalized, somewhat, tonight. But Maryland Congressman Andy Harris has offered an amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation bill voted on today to overturn that. Harris’s amendment to the Financial Services Appropriation Bill comes to the floor for a vote today. Delegate Norton should offer an amendment to eliminate his amendment interfering with DC’s autonomy. If she can’t do that, what good is the DC Democratic Party?

  • Ocean Sprayz

    Here we find disgraced philanderer Bill Clinton lecturing Hussein Obama about honesty:

  • Han Dee

    Hussein Obama is a lunatic.

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