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The chairman of the D.C. Council said that Congress is making crime worse in the District by continuing to stop local leaders from regulating the sale of recreational marijuana. “It perpetuates the current lawless situation in the city,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. “Congress needs to step out of this.” Included in a $1.5 trillion…
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The chairman of the D.C. Council said that Congress is making crime worse in the District by continuing to stop local leaders from regulating the sale of recreational marijuana.

“It perpetuates the current lawless situation in the city,” said Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. “Congress needs to step out of this.”

Included in a $1.5 trillion government funding bill passed by Congress on Thursday was a continuation of a measure that bans D.C. from establishing a system to tax and regulate recreational marijuana sales.

Marijuana has been legal in D.C. for medical and recreational purposes since 2010 and 2015, respectively, and existing laws allow adults in the District to legally grow, use and share small amounts of the plant.

It remains illegal to sell recreational marijuana, but that hasn’t stopped “pop-up” stores from selling the drug anyway.

“These pop-ups are illegal,” Mendelson told WTOP, calling the situation “the wild west.”

“It’s an invitation to criminal activity, such as robberies,” Mendelson added. “It is fomenting criminal activity and that’s the public safety problem that Congress has handed us.”

The U.S. House of Representatives has final say on D.C. laws, and congressional Republicans have repeatedly, and successfully, stalled efforts to legalize marijuana sales within the District. [Read more at WTOP]

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