It’s been 11 years since anyone has looked at the issue, but DC is on its way toward legalizing medical marijuana pending the passing of a federal bill.
A huge government funding bill in Congress will make or break the future of medical marijuana usage in DC. An agreement must be reached between the entire House and the entire Senate in order for it to pass, and neither chamber can amend the proposed bill.
Back in 1998, DC voters did approve the use and possession of medical marijuana but congressional Republicans placed a provision in form of a funding bill to block this approval. And — until this year’s funding bill — that provision has continued to exist in all official documents attempting to pass medical marijuana as legal.
DC is unable to take any action toward legalizing the possession of medical marijuana until Congress makes a decision about the bill. But from the looks of things, folks with perscriptions may be lighting up without the fear of being caught by the authorities. They’ll just have to wait a little bit longer.