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Norton Says Historic Medical Marijuana Vote Helps Protect D.C. Marijuana Decriminazlation Law, but Work Remains


Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) made the following statement on last night's House passage of an amendment to prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana operations in states where they are legal.

"Notwithstanding congressional threats against the District's marijuana decriminalization law, I feel fairly confident that we can stave off attempts to overturn it. Now that Congress has cast what amounts to its first ever pro-marijuana vote, D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law appears safer than it did yesterday. We recognize that for some in the House, it would be easier to go after D.C. on any subject than to take on the entire country on the same issue. With some Republicans voicing opposition, we are well aware that there is still work to be done to keep D.C.'s marijuana decriminalization law from being blocked or overturned."

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