Davis, Aaron C., and Peter Hermann. “Lawmakers Encourage Bowser to Reconsider Declaring Pot Legal in D.C.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2015.
“City leaders declared Tuesday that marijuana possession will become legal in the District at 12:01 a.m. Thursday — but warned the public that many pot-related activities will remain illegal, including selling the drug, growing it outdoors, possessing it in federally subsidized housing and smoking it anywhere in public.
In remarks to the D.C. Council, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier offered their first public guidance on Initiative 71 — when it will take effect, what it will mean and how it will be enforced — since the ballot measure was overwhelmingly approved in the fall…”
SO – The District voters voted. They voted to decriminalize marijuana. They voted to “refocus police resources.” They passed Initiative 71.
But a democracy DC is [apparently] not …
As a Republican reminds: “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the committee that oversees D.C. legislation, said: “Federal law … confirms that D.C. cannot move forward. If they are under any illusion that this would be legal, they are wrong. And there are very severe consequences for violating this provision. You can go to prison for this. We’re not playing a little game here.”