A congresswoman is asking for marijuana plants to be displayed at the U.S. Botanic Garden near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. in recognition of state and federal efforts to legalize cannabis.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote a letter to the executive director of the living plant museum, which is run by Congress and located near the U.S. Capitol Building, on Wednesday, requesting that both male and female marijuana plants be added to the national garden.
Norton expressed appreciation that the Botanic Garden recently started displaying federally legal hemp as part of its collection, which she and other lawmakers had requested in an earlier letter in 2021. Now, she says, it’s time to feature marijuana, despite ongoing federal prohibition.
As the country moves towards legalizing cannabis, I asked the Botanic Garden to display marijuana plants for the first time, esp given its impact on the economy.
This follows my request that the Garden display hemp, which I’m pleased it now does.
— Eleanor #DCStatehood Holmes Norton (@EleanorNorton) May 11, 2023
“More and more states, as well as the federal government, are beginning to legalize various forms of cannabis,” the congresswoman said, adding that the House has twice approved comprehensive reform bills to end prohibition.
“As individual states and the country as a whole are moving toward the legalization of marijuana, having a display with male and female marijuana plants would…
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