Defiant DC mayor to legalize pot
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is not backing down from the city’s plan to legalize marijuana on Thursday despite congressional opposition.

“We know that the residents of the District of Columbia spoke loud and clear last November 4th when they adopted initiative 71 to legalize small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia and our government is prepared to implement and enforce initiative 71,” she said at a press conference.


D.C.'s government will begin implementing the measure at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

Bowser's comments place her on a collision course with congressional Republicans, who have said that implementing the law would violate a provision passed in December that blocks the District from using any money to put the measure in place.

“If you decide to move forward with the legalization of marijuana in the District, you will be doing so in knowing and willful violation of the law,” said House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) in a letter to Bowser on Wednesday.

At her press conference, Bowser said that Chaffetz’s focus was misplaced and that his constituents did not expect him to be “bullying” the District of Columbia.

The measure would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana, but the sale and public consumption of the drug would remain illegal.