Monday, March 2, 2015 | Reason Magazine Online | Jacob Sullum

Last Tuesday, the chairman of the House committee that oversees the District of Columbia warned D.C. officials that they could go to prison if they insisted on implementing Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure that voters approved by an overwhelming margin last November. "There are very severe consequences," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) toldThe Washington Post. "You can go to prison for this. We're not playing a little game here."

Monday, March 2, 2015 | Washington City Paper (DC) | Aaron Wiener

After the District moved forward with its legalization of marijuana last week overobjections from Congress, the leading opponent of the legalization measure lobbed an accusation at the residents of the capital city: ingratitude.

Friday, February 27, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Steven Nelson

Marijuana prohibitionists in Congress say District of Columbia officials may face years in prison for allowing legalization of the drug in the nation’s capital - but experts say it’s highly unlikely Mayor Muriel Bowser and her colleagues are headed to the slammer.

At issue is the disputed meaning of an amendment that passed Congress in December prohibiting the spending of funds to "enact" laws that legalize possession of marijuana for recreational use. Under one interpretation, district leaders are eligible for two years in prison. Under the other, they are not.

Friday, February 27, 2015 | huffingtonpost.com (blog) | Bennet Kelley

The battle between Congress and the District of Columbia over its new voter approved marijuana legalization initiative may seem esoteric at first blush. That is because the current debate centers on when the District law was deemed enacted in order to determine whether it has violated a Congressional restriction on use of funds to "enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with" controlled substances.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | DC Vote - Press Release | Roland Martin
Congress has always run D.C. like a plantation. But now, GOPers want to jail the mayor over a law the voters overwhelmingly passed?

I’m desperately trying to understand how getting marijuana laws passed nationwide has become today’s Selma, but if there is one thing that is intolerable it’s the shameful way congressional Republicans are bullying the residents of Washington, D.C., to not blaze in the comfort of their homes.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | BBC News (UK)

Washington DC has become the latest place in the United States to legalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

As of midnight on Thursday (05:00 GMT), people who use the drug in private no longer face prosecution.

The change has created tension between the city's mayor and Congress.

Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Associated Press | Ben Nuckols

 The new mayor of the nation's capital was hoping to get along fine with Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Instead, they've threatened her with prison and she has accused them of acting like bullies in a showdown over legal pot that could end up costing District of Columbia residents dearly.

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing a voter-approved initiative on Thursday, making the city the only place east of the Mississippi River where people can legally grow and share marijuana in private.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | Washington Post (DC) | Mike DeBonis

Marijuana possession has now been legal in the District of Columbia for more than 12 hours, and the business of the city appears to be proceeding much as usual.

That certainly seemed to be the case on Capitol Hill around midday Thursday, where eyes did not appear to be appreciably redder and snack food inventories hardly seemed depleted.

But it's looking increasingly likely that the District's voter-approved experiment with legal pot will continue at least through September, despite the determination of some Republican members of Congress to block the measure.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | CNN.com | Eric Bradner

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser defied congressional Republicans and implemented D.C.'s new local law allowing its residents to smoke marijuana.

In implementing the new pot laws that went into effect Thursday, Bowser rebuffed two influential House Republicans who'd warned her that she'd be breaking federal law -- and risking retribution.

"We would encourage the Congress to not be so concerned with overturning what 7-in-10 voters said should be the law in the District of Columbia," Bowser said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 | WAMU Radio (DC) | Matt Laslo

Many D.C. residents are cheering — or eating Cheetos — now that it's legal for them to toke up in their homes. But the marijuana law rests on tenuous legal footing, and some Republicans in Congress say D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser should be locked up for legalizing marijuana after Congress forbade the council from doing so.

Maryland Congressman Andy Harris says if one of his fellow Republicans captures the White House in 2016, he hopes they revisit Bowser's actions and prosecute her.

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