It’s been 7 years since Washington D.C. residents legalized adult-use cannabis
Legislation that has blocked adult-use cannabis sales in Washington, D.C. for seven years has been omitted from this year’s Senate appropriations bill in a move by lawmakers that could clear the way for sales of recreational marijuana in the nation’s capital.
Ever since Washington, D.C. voters legalized the personal possession and cultivation of marijuana by adults in 2014, Congress has used budget legislation to block the city government from regulating recreational cannabis sales. Known as the Harris Rider for its author, Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris, the attachment to appropriations bills prevents the District of Columbia from legalizing recreational cannabis and regulating commerce in adult-use marijuana.
“The Harris rider has been a real disservice to the District,” D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson told the Washington Post. “What Congress has done is create a wild wild west where there is no ability to have meaningful, constructive regulation.”
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