Though in D.C. it’s now mostly legal to possess or grow marijuana, you can’t legally buy or sell it. Despite various congressional efforts to try and halt D.C. legalization of sales, District officials are looking over options to open up the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana sales.
A federal funding bill put into places last year bands D.C. from using any funds from the Fiscal Year 2015 to “enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution” of marijuana.”
However, a couple wily members of the Disctrict government have realized that they still have other sources of funding available to them which can go toward regulating marijuana sales. There are emergency coffers which can be used for “unforeseen needs that arise during the fiscal year,” such as “unexpected obligations created by federal law or new public safety or health needs or requirements that have been identified after the budget process has occurred.”
House Republicans are also trying to stop D.C officials from passing the new legislation, while Council Official David Grosso has claimed that they are looking forward to regulating the selling and buying of pot and don’t feel as though the decriminalization went far enough to truly support the city and the industry. Only time will tell if the reform will be approved, despite the efforts from congress.