House GOP Moves to Kill 'Poorly Done' D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Law

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House GOP Moves to Kill 'Poorly Done' D.C. Marijuana Decriminalization Law


Hess, Hannah, Roll Call


The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee is using the power of the purse to block the District from implementing a local law to decriminalize possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

On a 28-21 vote, mainly along party lines, lawmakers adopted an amendment sponsored by Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., stating: "None of the 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 Schedule I drugs, including pot "for recreational purposes."

"This is not because it's the politically popular thing to do," Harris told his colleagues, explaining that it was necessary because the legislation that D.C.'s elected officials enacted was "poorly done."

Under the proposal, getting busted with one ounce or less of the drug would result in a fine of $25. The criminal offense currently carries up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. In Maryland, the state Harris calls home, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana will be decriminalized on Oct. 1. Harris told CQ Roll Call he opposes the bill, signed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley in April, that reduces penalties for first-time offenders to a fine of up to $100.

Harris, a physician, framed his amendment as a way to protect the health of women and children, and keep the District's "skilled workforce" sharp by preventing residents from getting high. "We pride ourselves on a skilled workforce," he said during debate. "You think those skills get better when you're intoxicated on marijuana? Don't think so."

Democrats objected to the measure, saying the decision to decriminalize should be left up to the District's elected officials. "D.C. decided that its law enforcement resources were not being used most efficiently," said Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., reminding his colleagues that the city had one of the highest marijuana arrest rates in the nation. …

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