A draft congressional spending bill would again forbid the District from legalizing the sale of marijuana, likely frustrating local efforts to create a regulated system of pot sales for a second year in a row.
The D.C. Council on Wednesday cast a historic second vote on its budget, pushing forward under the assumption that the city is now free from some of the usual strictures imposed by Congress when it comes to spending local funds.
Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will ask the D.C. Council to grant her broader authority to crack down on the sale and use of synthetic drugs, which are chemically created and are marketed as incense, potpourri or bath products.
In the first seven months since D.C. legalized concealed carry, the city got 109 permit applications. Since a mid-May ruling that tossed out a key part of the law, there have been 49 additional applications.
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