Pot fight between DC mayor, Congress could cost the city
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The new mayor of the nation's capital gave her constituents what they wanted -- the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had little choice, given the overwhelming voter support for the legalization initiative and the unanimous opinion from her legal team that Congress couldn't block it.
But that doesn't mean there won't be consequences for the District of Columbia.
Republicans in Congress are angry that the city went ahead and legalized pot Thursday, despite their warnings that it would violate federal law. They've even suggested Bowser and other city officials could go to prison.
While that's highly unlikely, Republicans could get their point across by reducing or restricting some of the federal money that flows to the city every year.