D.C. announces new effort to legalize marijuana sales after Democrats win control of HousePosted by On

District officials will revive efforts to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales within D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in the wake of Tuesday’s midterm races resulting in Republicans losing control over Congress.

“We will prepare a tax and regulate scheme to present to the Council at the beginning of the year,” Ms. Bowser, a Democrat, said at a press conference Wednesday.

D.C. voted to legalize recreational marijuana in Nov. 2014, and laws took effect in Feb. 2015 allowing adults to use, have, give and grow small amounts. Retail marijuana sales are prohibited, however, and the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has thwarted previous efforts to implement a system for taxing and selling the plant on account of Congress having final approval on local…

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