Bid to stop DC marijuana slips through Congress

A man holds up a sign for Ballot Initiative #71, the legalization of marijuana in Washington, DC on November 4, 2014Campaigners vowed Friday to pursue the legalisation of marijuana in Washington, after language intended to prohibit pot in the US capital slipped through Congress. Riders to the $1.1 trillion federal spending bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives bars the District of Columbia from enacting or implementing laws to legalise cannabis. “It’s kind of interesting how these riders freeze everything,” said Adam Eidinger, chair of the DC Cannabis Campaign. Washington was on track to become the first place in the eastern United States to legalise marijuana when voters, in a November referendum, approved by a 2-1 margin a proposal to allow personal possession and home-growing of pot.

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