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Vote Would Allow U.S. Congress and President Obama to Legally Hit the Bong

Pass it on: a new kind of madness might soon hit the capital.

Pot could soon be legal in Washington, DC. (Patch file photo.)
Pot could soon be legal in Washington, DC. (Patch file photo.)
WASHINGTON — With the way things move in the nation's capital, maybe elected officials have already been smoking marijuana in pretty large quantities.

A potential vote could make it legal.

Local officials in the District of Columbia have already taken a giant step in the direction of legalizing weed, voting Wednesday to advance legislation that would do away with jail time and reduce fines to a token $25 fine for marijuana possession.

The full district council will begin deliberation next week on the “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014,” which is expected to pass.

Support for legalizing marijuana has expanded dramatically in the nation’s capital, according to a Washington Post poll released Wednesday. Just four years ago, residents were evenly split. Now, the Post reported, residents favor decriminalization by about 2-1.

“We are moving towards a new day when it comes to marijuana regulation,” Council member David P. Grosso told the paper. 

Murial Bowser, a council member and mayoral candidate who endorsed the plan, told the Post fully legal and taxable marijuana sales are inevitable.

“If it’s not a crime to possess it, where then are people buying it?,” Bowser said. “Dealing with how people can procure this decriminalized marijuana has to be the second step.”

That could come in November, activists for legalizing marijuana are seeking to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana by putting the question to voters.

One note to the president and Congress: Careful where you toke, even if DC legalizes pot. It would still be illegal on the Mall and other federal properties in the District, punishable by up to $1,000 and a year in jail.


John Slatten January 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM
they already do don't they??
Ben Novick January 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM
I had tears in my eyes when Colorado legalized pot. I didn't think I was going to see that in my life time. As far as the comments about not wanting the President to smoke pot, well he already does, as well as half of congress. The only question is--whether someone could push "the button" if they were stoned.
Diane January 17, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Why not? We already have a drug-addicted nation, with a particulary drug-addicted couple of states so far. By the time this passes, none of the drug-addicted brainless people will even CARE that we have a drug-addicted, brainless president. Come to think of it, we alREADY seem to have one of THOSE....
charlie January 17, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Legalize it in all states. and use the money to pay down our deficit
charlie January 17, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Put it on the ballot in all states to completely legalize it and grow it in all fifty states. Sales would boost the economy. It took repealing prohibition on alcohol to end the great depression. That is where the Kennedys made their fortune.
David Behrens Sr January 17, 2014 at 02:15 PM
I was just thinking about ways our government could be less on top things than they already are. Let's let them get stoned. Things will work out much better for us. What a disgrace.
Dan Crabtree January 17, 2014 at 03:03 PM
really.. all local officials in the district of columbia translates to black democrats ..who indorse any and all drugs....reguardless of the consequences they bring...typical democrat thing..Around two hundred thirty present cases in courts across the lands where the defendent is using pot as a excuse for the crime or crimes him and his budy just commited..everything from rape to murder...we smoked pot all night before we did what we did...therefore were not responsable...harmless drug?...yea sure!!
Pa Bass Blvd January 17, 2014 at 03:11 PM
There are more lawmakers out there than you know that already use drugs. This can also migrate to our elected officials too so its nothing new, I think if all politicians got a drug test we would be appalled by the results,,, well, maybe not.
Bruce Arnold January 17, 2014 at 03:31 PM
For all you negative on pot people,,Chill out and go take a bath, The stuff has been here a zillion years before you were born and will be here a zillion years after your gone.. Smoke on my fellow humans!
Rosaleen Reisert January 17, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Smoke the peace pipe and get some laws passed! The Indians use to do it.
Jan January 17, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Yeah - only if it's legal for everyone in the process.
Jennifer Sexton January 17, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Maybe that would help.
Richard Stickney January 17, 2014 at 09:57 PM
Dont Bogart that Joint Mr. President - Pass it over to me.... I will be sure to see to it that my kids read this - The United States of Hedonisum. I am disgusted. Get off the fence. Go one way or the other... I am a decorated Submarine Veteran. I EARNED the right to state my opinion.
Nan Nanny January 18, 2014 at 02:33 AM
Who is to say they already do not use? Since the majority of American's use pot on a regular basis it is safe to assume members of Congress, Supreme Court etc and Obama and his staff are also regular users of Pot
Stephanie Heller January 18, 2014 at 05:50 AM
did anyone here even read the article? i read it a couple of times and could not find a sentence that said "Vote Would Allow U.S. Congress and President Obama to Legally Hit the Bong". obama and members of all the branches of the government both federal and state and local, can already drink alcohol, and drinking alcohol doesn't mean you are an alcoholic. they can smoke cigarettes, although smoking cigarettes is heavily frowned upon. if pot is federally legalized by the government, then anyone, including members of all governments can legally smoke, that doesn't mean they will. i think the author was deliberately inflammatory and i assume he is republican/tea party. 'nuff said on that subject! i'm also finding most of people affiliated with that party have serious reading comprehension deficits, maybe they just opine on the headlines because reading the article is too difficult.
bob richards January 18, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Well, I suppose this will give a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Heads of State" and "a joint session of Congress"
John Ingram January 18, 2014 at 07:47 AM
This is way overdue!
Thomas Stieglitz January 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Legalize it, tax it, and open up the black market for it--yay!
Dale Komives January 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM
So they are now using it illegally? Ah now I know where their ideas come from. It would mellow out the GOP!
Mark Porter January 18, 2014 at 02:02 PM
They're kinda late with this report, and, in case anybody missed it, Obama has already been seen firing up the "fat cannons" in photos from his college days. Clinton admitted to using. I'll bet George W. had a couple of tokes back in the day,too. Old news!
Carol Lee January 18, 2014 at 02:58 PM
I thought they already did, must be something in the water in DC
Pat Comer January 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM
This nation is dying and not a whole lot of people seem to care! As most dynasty's lasted only 200 years it looks as though we have run our course.
Mike Barnett January 19, 2014 at 01:08 AM
33frd
conrad zimmermann January 19, 2014 at 05:50 AM
America needs character development not marijuana
John Lawrence January 19, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Here we go ... the Mother of ALL Filibusters, with some idiot reading The Cat In The Hat, pausing every 30 seconds to go " Oh. wowwwwww, Man" !
Jeffrey M Pearmain January 19, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Maybe congress would quit being so obstructive & work together for the nation's benefit if they toked a bit ocassionally.
Dennis Rector January 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Do you mean they don't?
al jacoby January 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM
i dont understand why the fed cant do what is best for the people. when a drug that has shone to kill and cause traffic accidents,cause fatal overdoses,hospitalize millons of people be legal and a proven medication and recreational drug be made to have users prosicuted for felony charges. not to mention the vast revinue that legal pot would bring to the strapped government i just dont get it LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHAT THEY WANT!!!!!!!
Daniel Booth January 19, 2014 at 03:28 PM
WTF, i cant go anywhere anymore and smoke my cigars without offending anyone, or cant be in some cities and smoke at all. But hey i can buy pot WTF REALLY
Santi Lara January 20, 2014 at 08:22 PM
This is truly about time that the marijuana issue is put to rest. I am not a pot user nor I encourage it, but I have never heard of anyone dying of pot overdose. There are more people dying due to alcohol related problems. Legalize the darn thing, tax it and America will again prosper. Less people will be in jails because of ridiculous pot use. Sorry lawyers, less business for you.

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