- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A D.C. councilmember and mayoral candidate is hoping to have a word with the Republican congressman who wants to block the nation’s capital from liberalizing its marijuana laws.

Councilmember David Catania says he’ll be at Rep. Andy Harris’ office on Friday morning to request a meeting.

Harris, who represents Maryland’s Eastern Shore, attached an amendment to a major spending bill this week that would block the District from implementing its new law that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot. The decriminalization bill had broad support on the mostly Democratic council, and Democratic Mayor Vincent Gray signed it in March.

Catania, an independent, says the Harris amendment is disrespectful to District residents and their democratic institutions.



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