Obama opposes effort to stop DC pot legalization, President believes Congress should not interfere with local District of Columbia law, the White House said Thursday as lawmakers were poised to pass a budget deal blocking a measure that would legalize marijuana in the capital city.[fwdevp preset_id=”8″ video_path=”U5IrTezCGR4″]
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday that despite some reservations, Obama would sign the $1.1 trillion spending bill if it reaches his desk.
District voters approved an initiative in November that legalizes possession of small amounts of pot. The bill contains language inserted by Republicans that would prevent the city from moving forward with legalization.
Earnest says the president believes Congress shouldn’t interfere with the will of city residents on marijuana and other issues. Obama supports statehood for the District, and Earnest says the president believes “on principle” that Congress shouldn’t interfere with a local initiative.