THE BIG STORY
Smoking pot in the nation’s capital will be legalized Thursday — as long as you light up in your home and not in public places like restaurants and bars.
Washington, D.C., becomes the latest place to legalize recreational marijuana use, even as a legal battle looms with Congress.
The District joins states like Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon in approving the use of recreational marijuana.
This comes after District voters approved a ballot measure last November legalizing pot.
According to the mayor’s office, District residents who are 21 years of age and older will be allowed to smoke and grow small amounts of marijuana in their homes. They will also be allowed to invite their friends over for “pot parties.”
But renters would need their landlord’s approval to smoke pot in their home.
Meanwhile, it will still be illegal to sell pot or drive under the influence of marijuana, the mayor’s office says.
But the legal challenges over the District’s new marijuana laws are raging.
Congress passed a spending measure last December intended to block marijuana legalization, but District officials say they have found a loophole. Ultimately, it could be up to the courts to decide. Read more here: http://bit.ly/1BnASIY.
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