Possession of marijuana will become legal in Washington D.C. this Thursday, despite a warning from House Republicans that there will be legal repercussions.
Bowser, a Democrat, said Wednesday that the city’s plans haven’t changed despite a letter from two leading House Republicans warning of repercussions if the city moves forward with legalization.
Congress has final say over the laws in the District of Columbia, and the two sides disagree about whether Congress acted quickly enough to block an initiative legalizing pot, which wasapproved by nearly two-thirds of city voters in November.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight Committee, urged Bowser in a letter late Tuesday to reconsider her plans to implement the initiative, saying that doing so would clearly violate federal law.
Here’s what the initiative does:
LEGAL: Possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana for use at home.
LEGAL: Growing up to three mature plants.
ILLEGAL: Smoking marijuana in public.
ILLEGAL: Buying or selling.
“Bullying the District of Columbia is not what his constituents expect, nor do ours,” Bowser said. “We do disagree on a matter of law. There are reasonable ways to resolve that without us threatening him or he us.”