President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would allow for Washington, D.C., to move forward with its marijuana legalization law by restricting the funds members of Congress hoped to use to undermine the ballot initiative passed in November.
The president’s $4 trillion budget plan, released Monday, tweaks language included in Congress’ December spending bill that sought to nullify D.C.’s legalization initiative, which voters approved in the midterm elections, by barring the city from using public funds to enact the law. The language in Obama’s budget would still disallow federal funds but would permit the nation’s capital to use its own funds to implement legalization.
“[T]he president supports the principle of home rule and he believes that Congress should not interfere with local decisions by the citizens of the District of Columbia about how they should be governed,” a White House official wrote in an email to POLITICO. [Read More at Politico]