Why Does the FY23 Federal Omnibus Bill Contain Abortion and Marijuana Riders That Harm the District of Columbia?

December 20th, 2022

Patrice Snow
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Washington, DC – As part of the Congressional omnibus agreement that was announced earlier today, the Washington, DC budget riders that ban marijuana legalization and unnecessarily regulate access to legal abortion remain. In light of this harmful development, DC Statehood advocacy organization DC Vote released the following statement:

“Here we go again. Spending riders were included in the latest federal government spending, or omnibus bill, that controls issues like reproductive choice and adult-use cannabis for the residents of Washington, DC without us having any say. It’s not only undemocratic but it puts DC and her residents in an untenable legal and political situation,” said Patrice Snow, DC Vote’s director of communications. “Marijuana reform and reproductive choice are both supported overwhelmingly by District residents and DC’s elected officials should have every right to set the policies based on the will of their voters. This is why DC Statehood is so important and why we at DC Vote will continue our advocacy until the day we are made the 51st state.”