Recent Obama Budget Would Permit Cannabis Sales in Washington D.C.

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President of the United States Barack Obama recently stated that he does not plan to change any cannabis laws before the next president comes into office. While that was happening, a proposed federal budget was released by the Obama administration in February, which seemed ready to stop a rider that has not allowed the District of Columbia to set up a taxed and regulated cannabis market for years now.

Tom Angell, from the Marijuana Majority, released an analysis that suggests that the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget would not be in favor of the policies that are currently stopping the District of Columbia Council from making legislations that would legalize cannabis sales by giving the city the ability to make its own funds turn this idea into a reality.

Also, Angell highlights in his analysis of the budget that the language is not too different from the laws that exist today. The only difference seems to be that there is an addition of the word “Federal,” which would be a shot directly against the District’s Congressional prudence if passed.

What the language states now is, “none of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinol derivative for recreational purposes.”

But the most recent proposal mentions the types of funds that are not allowed in the process: “None of the Federal funds contained in this Act may be used to enact any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 801 et seq.) or any tetrahydrocannabinol derivative for recreational purposes.”

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