The first test for the new Republican-controlled Congress will be whether it approves Washington, D.C.’s vote, which passed by a 2-to-1 margin and would allow residents and visitors to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use and home cultivation of up to three plants.
Federal lawmakers who have oversight of the District of Columbia shouldn’t deny the democratic process in, of all places, the nation’s capital.
Last week lawmakers, including Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., urged their colleagues to loosen up on marijuana.
“To my fellow Republicans,” said Rohrabacher, who represents the conservative bastion of Orange County, “Wake up! … The American people have shifted on this issue.”
Though marijuana legalization has only come in a handful of states, Colorado included, federal rules and regulations still stand in the way.
Banking restrictions should be lifted to allow businesses to operate and the feds should remove marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which preposterously classifies it among the most dangerous drugs.
Rohrabacher is right. Wake up, Washington. Approve D.C.’s vote. Declassify marijuana, ease banking restrictions, and pull marijuana into the legitimate business world and out from the shadowy black market.