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    Protests begin as Congress tilts toward upending D.C. law legalizing pot

    D.C. officials and activists for marijuana legalization launched a long-shot bid Wednesday to halt a federal budget deal that appeared poised to upend the city’s successful ballot measure last month to legalize the drug.

    The day after Congress came to a tentative budget deal that included language intended to block the city’s measure, proponents chanted and marched to Capitol Hill, held a sit-in at the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and promised to keep urging congressional leaders to let the District govern itself.
    Protests begin as Congress tilts toward upending D.C. law legalizing pot - The Washington Post

    Could have gone under the War on Drugs, but I felt it should go here. The people of DC, not a state, were overruled in their vote or are about to be overruled. They voted to approve the legalization of marijuana at 70% approval. Now congress will quietly try to ignore and hamstring their voice. They are not a state, so they do not enjoy the same protections we do as citizens of different states.
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    Re: Protests begin as Congress tilts toward upending D.C. law legalizing pot

    Funny how a couple of Congressmen who are big "states rights" supporters are justifying their efforts to negate the voter-passed ordinance by saying DC voters don't matter as they don't live in a state. Who cares about the Home Rule Act of 1973?

    The U.S. congressman who inserted language in the omnibus spending bill to block Washington, D.C.'s marijuana legalization ballot initiative says it doesn't violate the principle of state's rights.

    "D.C.'s not a state," Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) told a few reporters in the Capitol on Wednesday, in response to a question by TPM.

    "I'm sorry, it's not a state!" he laughed.
    The move by Congress followed a familiar playbook when District leaders try to enact social policies that conservatives on Capitol Hill disagree with. Rather than trying to vote down the pot initiative — which Congress has the power to do — opponents placed language in an essential spending bill that would prevent the city from spending any money to enact it.
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    Re: Protests begin as Congress tilts toward upending D.C. law legalizing pot

    assholes, the lot of them.

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