Washington DC Council Pushing for Recreational Cannabis Sales Amid Stiff Resistance

February 9, 2015

By John Schroyer

A very public fight over marijuana in Washington DC is brewing between city leaders and Congress, and the outcome will likely determine whether recreational cannabis sales come to the nation’s capital.

While the situation has always been murky, recent developments have muddied the waters even further.

“I hate to say it, but I don’t know (what’s next),” said Bob Capecchi, deputy director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Last week, the city’s new attorney general warned DC Council members that holding a scheduled hearing on a bill to establish recreational cannabis sales could result in jail time and fines for local lawmakers and even their staffers. The attorney general cited a recent move to prohibit the city from setting up a system to tax and regulate cannabis sales.

The council backed off of its plans to hold a formal hearing,...

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