Obama budget would clear path for legal sales of recreational marijuana in D.C.

Obama’s budget would remove the congressional restriction, allowing D.C. leaders to spend the city’s tax money to develop a regulatory scheme
The Washington Post (US)
Monday, February 2, 2015

President Obama’s budget would do a lot of things, but one of the most controversial may to be allowing legal sales of marijuana in the nation’s capital. D.C. voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to legalize pot for recreational use. But in December, outgoing Democrats and incoming Republican leaders in Congress moved to halt the measure. Under a broad budget deal, they prevented the District’s mayor and council from spending any money to work out the specifics of how pot would be sold, which the ballot measure left up to local politicians to decide.