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Norton’s Statement on Mayor Bowser’s Marijuana Legislation

May 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a statement regarding Mayor Muriel Bowser’s legislation that would allow the sale of recreational marijuana in the District of Columbia:

“I applaud Mayor Bowser, Attorney General Racine, and the D.C. Council for pushing forward on plans to commercialize recreational marijuana.  We will not accept congressional prohibition on the use of D.C. funds for commercialization while states are free to do so.  With Democratic control of the House, I am confident I can remove the recreational marijuana commercialization rider from the House’s upcoming fiscal year 2020 D.C. Appropriations bill, which will place D.C. in a strong negotiating position with the Senate.  It’s time for Congress to get out of the way on a clearly local issue.”