Senator Urges Hearings on DC Rec Cannabis

A key federal lawmaker has suggested that Congress should hold hearings on Washington DC’s new recreational marijuana measure, saying such issues should be left up to local governments.

Ron Johnson, a Republican senator from Wisconsin who is set to take over the committee tasked with oversight of Washington DC, said while he doesn’t personally support marijuana use, local lawmakers should decide whether to legalize cannabis. His counterpart in the House, Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, is opposed to marijuana outright.

Johnson hasn’t taken a position on whether he believes recreational marijuana should be allowed in the District of Columbia; rather, he wants to examine how legalization is playing out in other states.

Washington DC voters legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this month, but Congress has the power to overturn the law.

A report last week found that a handful of influential Republican senators have little appetite or interest in blocking the measure.

One comment on “Senator Urges Hearings on DC Rec Cannabis
  1. Kelly Jacobs on

    I read this article with interest because I am a volunteer who is sponsoring a ballot initiative in Mississippi to legalize and decriminalize cannabis via our constitution. We have to gather 21,433 signatures from registered voters in 5 different districts by August 2015 to get the questions of legalization onto Mississippi’s 2016 ballot. The Federal Gov has a patent on cannabis because they know it helps us medically. The Feds need to legalize it, and quit pretending that it has no medicinal value.

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