Obama’s 2016 Budget Would Allow D.C. to Legalize and Regulate Cannabis Sales

President Obama on Monday released his proposal for the federal government’sbudget 2016 budget. As part of the 2,000-page, $4 trillion proposed budget, Obama is calling for a reversal of recent congressional action that prohibits the District of Columbia from legalizing recreational cannabis sales.

In November, D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative that legalized the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis. The initiative didn’t, however, legalize cannabis sales.

The following month, federal lawmakers approved a national spending bill which included a provision prohibiting D.C. from spending any federal or local funds implementing an initiative or a legislative proposal to legalize cannabis sales. Despite this, four D.C. councilors filed legislation last month to legalize cannabis outlets, which would be able to distribute up to two ounces of cannabis to anyone 21 and older.

Obama’s proposed budget would allow this proposal to go into effect if it’s approved by D.C. officials. The change is made through a very simply alteration in the spending bill’s language, which would continue to prohibit D.C. from spending federal funding implementing cannabis legalization, while allowing them to spend their own local funds.

Obama’s budget will need to be approved by congress before becoming law.

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3 comments

    • Ginger on February 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm
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    Actually pounds or even tons of it are not a threat to anyone. That’s like instead of ending the prohibition of alcohol (18th Amendment) to say that possession of 12 oz of beer, wine etc….. is realistic as that is “not a threat to anyone” Really? Name me one case of domestic abuse that occurred because the defendant had too much pot. The same can not be said of alcohol and it is perfectly legal.

    To quote two of my favorite people –

    “Nothing so needs reforming as other peoples habits. Fanatics will never learn that, though it be written in letters of gold across the sky. It is the prohibition that make anything precious.” – Mark Twain

    “a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.” C. S. Lewis

    • scott on February 4, 2015 at 10:01 am
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    actually it was Harris the politician from MD. and his minority anti-weed group that added the can’t use tax dollars to go forward with outlets. Again the DOJ and DEA was DEFUNDED by congress where they arent allow to prosecute, raid, destroy and harass any of the legal medical/recreational cannabis businesses, growers, coops, patients, caregivers and Doctors in the 32 states listed in the bill but i read this morning a big raid around Oakland. DOJ and DEA AGAIN have broken the law. We the People want the DEA head prosecuted for breaking the law again. Re-schedule it federally let the MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS (MD’S) decide on what is best for their patients. Politicians and michelle Lionhard are not MD’s and shouldn’t be able to say and do what Doctors and medical professionals who it’s their profession to prescribe and give their patients the best medication for their individual needs.

    • NancyPrice on February 3, 2015 at 2:58 pm
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    As you know, Congress will fight him every step of the way = I do hope it passes 2oz is realistic and not a threat to anyone.

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