The D.C. Council’s surprise see-saw on loosening marijuana laws Tuesday — and promise to revisit the issue within a month — has set up a vexing period of high-stakes negotiations that could put the council on a collision course with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and with a Republican-controlled Congress that wishes D.C. voters never legalized weed in the first place.
At stake is a package of regulations that has largely kept pot legalization a low-key affair in the nation’s capital since it was made legal to possess nearly a year ago under a voter-approved ballot initiative. Should D.C. residents be allowed to smoke on the rooftop or sidewalk patios of restaurants? Should they be able to set up discreet pot clubs for smoking in private? [Read more at The Washington Post]