DC Mayor Defiantly Stands Up To House Republicans, Legalizes Pot In Nation’s Capital

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
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Ignoring warnings from Congressional Republicans, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted the city’s new law legalizing marijuana possession on Thursday. Despite being issued stern warnings from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), that she would be breaking federal law by allowing pot to be legalized, Bowser was undeterred.

Noting that D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved the measure legalizing marijuana in the city, Bowser defiantly responded: 

We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned with overturning what 7-in-10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia.

She added that Chaffetz and Meadows should focus on more important goals, like maybe funding Homeland Security. That task, she felt, should take precedence over fighting the evils of D.C. weed smokers toking up in the privacy of their homes.

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Although the D.C. law still prohibits buying or selling marijuana, it does allow city residents, age 21 and older, to possess up to six marijuana plants. They can also transfer up to an ounce of marijuana to another person as a gift, as long as no money is exchanged. The law prohibits public smoking but allows private use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

The showdown between the D.C. Mayor and Congress has long been brewing as the Republican-dominated body has tried to use its federal authority to impose its will on the Democratically controlled city. Because the District of Columbia lacks statehood, Congress can more easily force policy on the District’s residents.

Congressional Republicans inserted provisions in a December bill to prevent D.C. from legalizing marijuana. It also forbade the city from reducing criminal penalties for drug possession. This, despite the fact that D.C. voters approved Initiative 71, to legalize weed, in November by a crushing 70-30 margin.

For all of their rhetoric about limited government, individual liberty, and local control, House Republicans do not want black people or multi-ethnic liberals, in the nation’s capital, to be able to exercise self-government. Fortunately, Washington D.C. has a strong Mayor who is willing to stand up for the city’s residents, against the meddling Republicans in Congress. The GOP Congress wants to rule over D.C. like feudal lords running a federal fiefdom.

Muriel Bowser has stood up to the wannabe feudal lords and made marijuana use legal in the city. Due to the ongoing conflict between Congress and the city, the drama surrounding D.C. pot legalization is far from over. However, at least for now, local residents can smoke a joint legally, thanks to Mayor Bowser and no thanks to moralizing GOP Congressmen like Chaffetz and Meadows.

13 Replies to “DC Mayor Defiantly Stands Up To House Republicans, Legalizes Pot In Nation’s Capital”

  1. No taxation without representation.
    D.C Statehood now. This city is not what you white idiots from red states think is your personal plantation

  2. For all of their rhetoric about limited government, individual liberty, and local control, House Republicans do not want black people or multi-ethnic liberals, in the nation’s capital, to be able to exercise self-government
    – 10th amendment, right to self govern. Im not arguing what the house repubs are doing, but this is a 10th amendment right.

  3. Excessive alcohol use causes accidents, fights and deaths. And some very bad ass hangovers. Excessive pot use only causes one to fall asleep after eating a few munchies and watching a good flick or playing a computer game. And you wake up with no side effects or memory loss. In my opinion. Its the poor-mans “vice”. LET IT BE!!! The corporate owned GOP (human-waste) does not care what we serfs want. They want to own us and controls us…

  4. I have a new hero. All this talk about arresting her would totally backfire. We need to get congress out of D.C. and create the 51st state

  5. If not statehood, then allow DC to have voting members of Congress. Clearly, Congress is not representing the people of DC.

  6. 1. GOP apparently has utter disregard for the concept “the will of the people”

    2. Hey GOPers, look me in the eye and tell me this is a democracy where elections matter.

    3. Righties will scream “racist” at me for saying this, but Ms. Bowser has her skin color, her gender, and her party affiliation that makes her a natural target for my fellow crusty fusty narrow minded and bigoted old white men sitting on their high horses in Congress.

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