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GOP Congressman Vows to Overturn D.C. Legalization Measure

The capitol building in Washington D.C. on a sunny day hides the GOP members trying to overturn the voters desicion to decrimanlize in our capitol city.

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GOP Congressman Vows to Overturn D.C. Legalization Measure

Although the residents of Washington, D.C. have expressed a very clear desire to have cannabis possession legalized in their district, there are political officials who aren’t willing to honor the voting results of Tuesday’s election. Despite the approval of Initiative 71 by 64 percent of voters, there’s still chance that the measure will not be passed.

Unlike Alaska and Oregon, initiative passed in the nation’s capital are subject to congressional review before implementation. This means that there is still another hurdle that must be overcome before D.C. can begin to enact the measure.

Andy Harris, a House Republican, has vowed to make sure that marijuana possession will remain a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Earlier this year, he introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill that essentially blocked all funding from D.C.’s efforts to decriminalize cannabis. The amendment also blocked funding to any and all future initiatives or measures to legalize cannabis.

According to the language of the bill: “None of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution” of Schedule I drugs, including pot “for recreational purposes.”

Unfortunately, the bill passed 28 to 21.

Now that Initiative 71 has passed in the election, it will go through a mandatory review period next year in January. Congress will have 60 days to assess the measure before issuing an official approval or rejection. In order to dismiss the legislation, Congress will need both chambers and the President to agree to a resolution — an act that has only happened three times in the last 40 years.

Under the voter-approved measure, anyone over the age of 21 would be legally allowed to possess up to two ounces of cannabis, grow up to six plants and share or give cannabis as gift free of charge. Selling cannabis would still be illegal.

Despite calls to kill the bill, it’s clear to D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier that a future with looser cannabis laws is not only possible, but can be enforced and regulated in a way that serves the highest good of everyone involved.

“I think everyone realizes that the Council will need to enact legislation to provide clarity to the public and law enforcement officers,” Lanier said. “If the initiative is held up in Congress, attorneys for the District will need to provide additional guidance.”

Adam Eidinger, the Chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Coalition’s campaign, isn’t concerned about Harris or any other member of congress gunning to shoot the measure down. He says that “they’re only going to write their own obituary for 2016.”

What do you think? Should Congress allow the cannabis legalization vote in D.C. to stand? Tell us in the comments below.

21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. alan

    November 21, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Let’s just make sure this guy has his name out there so he will never hold office again we don’t need idiots having the ability to make decision like this

  2. David

    November 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Legalize, legalize, legalize! It was unconstitutional in every way the way it was made a crime in 1939 in the middle of the night between Harry Anslinger and a few other men because they didn’t want to lose their jobs with the end of the alcohol prohibition.

  3. Gregory Leikus

    November 9, 2014 at 9:30 am

    This guy apparently has the asshole syndrome.If he tried it,his syndrome would be lessened considerably.Oops!I forgot he is a Republican idiot!

  4. gabe

    November 9, 2014 at 4:13 am

    Well here goes the proof everyone needs that the American Democratic Process is no longer working properly. If 64% of the people in that voting district voted to legalize it the it should be legalized. If someone from the government can force a measure that “we the people” voted to change then this is proof that the state is flawed and fractured. If this is the case we need to purge all current government officials and get people in office whom actually work for the people and not their own pockets. Maybe get back to the basics that our forefathers built a country on?

    • gabe

      November 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

      voted to change then this is proof that the state is flawed and fractured.

      Should read as this:
      Voted to change then this is proof that the state of our democratic voting system is flawed and fractured. It therefore proves that all the “voting” everyone does is actually usless. Politicians will do whatever they think will fill their bank accounts the fastest.

  5. Joshua Temple

    November 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Yes it was voted in by the people and is the people who decide not the government.

  6. lisahawks

    November 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    it should be legalized, get with the program you old dinasaurs

  7. Caadfael

    November 8, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Legalising, or at the very least, decriminalising MJ would take a great weight off the penal system, particularly the financial side.
    It would also free up cell space for real crime, just as Ryan Savage says, I would also include all the corrupt politicians and bankers/financial institutions who deliberately rob the people to further their own careers and feather their nests … they should additionally have assets confiscated to the tune of 2X to 10 X the initial fraud.
    This I would like to see applied here in Scotland too (and the rest of the UK) finance thus recovered being put towards medical research into ALL the benefits of this incredible herb.

  8. Marty cooper

    November 8, 2014 at 5:04 am

    When elected these jerks swore to uphold the constitution, the people spoke thru voting. This jerk and any others who vote for this should be recalled by their home states. Their political career should be over!!!!

  9. Ricky Crump

    November 8, 2014 at 4:56 am

    God, which its on our “goverment $” in god we trust. God created marijuana! It’s also funny millions of deaths every year from alcohol. It’s still legalpot is harmless, and does a whole lot more good to people that need it for w.e reason they need it for. Even used for recreational use it is 1000 times more safe then alcohol. Why would they government want us safer or more happy? They never have ans never will. Alcohol is population control jjuat like the weird diseases that pop out of no where. If you know your amendments, I say fire up baby!

  10. Michael Wine

    November 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    You know I was always taught in schools and in life that I live in America the model of democracy for the rest of the world to look up to and aspire to become like us ! Where a just and fair government was inspired by the constitution to have a government For the people By the people in a democratic system of governance that by which the majority votes by the people meant something . Seems to me that some in power just want to be Mussolini and turn our republic into a fascist country ! Doesn’t we the people mean anything anymore! I also remember saying the pledge of allegiance everything morning in schools,does our government want to create so much disillusioned people that sooner or later they are gonna have a real big problem ? It is time we the people took back our government and imprison the fascist`s !

  11. Grace

    November 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    i think we are going to see a lot of things that were passed by Democrats in the last 6 years be attacked by Republicans and reversed, amended etc. as opposed to letting laws that clearly are not big issues in the big scheme of things alone. Bipartisan equals unicorns.

  12. Ras Ible

    November 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Imagine what would happen to this fool, if he said this in Mexico. His head would be hanging from a lamp post. How do politicians get away with this in our Country is beyond me.

  13. gregg

    November 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Need to respect the vote of the people ..sit down and shut up

  14. Clara Clayton

    November 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I don’t understand why its such a big deal. Like, legitimately flabbergasted by the time and energy people put into being so against something that doesn’t hurt anything. The government is the dad from Footloose.

  15. jack parkins

    November 7, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    We the people have spoken and I think a government based on freedom and democracy,that has given the people a voice to be heard,should listen to that voice. Let the voter voice be heard this is our country and we say marijuana should be legalize!!

  16. Daniel Williams

    November 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    maybe somebody should educate him.

  17. derek leech

    November 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    This is why you don’t vote Republican.

  18. Christina

    November 7, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Instead of wasting MORE time and money trying to penalize people, just TAX IT, and be done with it. ALSO, it makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER to have legal weed IN D.C., and ILLEGAL across the country, STUPID!

  19. michael macias

    November 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    The people have spoken. .. I thought that Americans were free to speak and vote and when we the people that vote and pay taxes I want to smoke a joint ive been hiding for the last 23 years just to smoke a hooter…… come on world its a plant ……

  20. Ryan Savage

    November 7, 2014 at 8:36 am

    They should pass the law and allow citizens to possess it. It would open up more cells in jails and prisons for people who commit murder rape and any other violent crime

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