Double Standards for Marijuana Legalization in D.C.
Congress may have gotten away with going against the will of the residents in Washington D.C. who just recently, approved of the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use. D.C. voters approved Measure 71 in November, by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin, which legalizes the possession of up to 2 ounces of cannabis or up to three plants for personal use. Although many mainstream news reports indicate that the Obama administration supports the legalization of marijuana in the nation's capital, under a newly proposed referendum crafted by legislators, recreational marijuana could be null and void. To make matters worse, according to an ABC News report, Obama may even sign the $1.1 trillion government spending bill blocking the newly voted in measure. To many such as Bill Piper of the Drug Policy Alliance, this new bill is unacceptable, and is a bold slap in the face to the people of America. Advocates such as Piper and others feel as though legislators have over-stepped their boundaries in proposing a bill that would undermine the will of the American people. "Undermining D.C.’s law is an attack on drug policy reform across the country. We can’t let this happen." On the other side of the aisle, members of Congress supportive of the provision claim that they are upholding federal law, which still bans the use, possession and sale of marijuana.