Tucked inside a House Appropriations Committee bill released today is a provision that prohibits federal and local D.C. funds to be used to enact marijuana legalization. It reads:
None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act 8 ... or any tetrahydrocannabinols [marijuana] derivative.
This provision isn't all that surprising for the Republican-controlled committee. It's a continuation of their strategy to keep the District from legalizing marijuana. After 70 percent of Washington D.C. voters chose to legalize marijuana in their city in 2014, House Republicans pushed through a similarly worded provision to thwart the city's implementation of the ballot measure.
The D.C. ballot measure only sought to legalize pot for personal use, not make it legal for sale. That policy took effect in February and remains in place in the city today, despite threats from House Republicans.
Republican representatives Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House oversight committee, and Mark Meadows, chairman of the House subcommittee on government operations, sent D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser a letter in February warning her against taking any further actions to legalize marijuana.