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Key GOP Congressman Says He’ll Review Federal Ban On Marijuana Sales In D.C. After Mayor Raises Safety Concerns

A key Republican lawmaker signaled on Tuesday that he’s interested in reassessing the federal ban that has blocked Washington, D.C. from legalizing, regulating and taxing recreational marijuana sales.

The comments came at a House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing in response to testimony from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who said that the congressional appropriations rider that has long prevented her city from implementing adult-use cannabis commerce “has a public safety impact.”

“The men and women of the police department are battling gray market cannabis sales daily that, if we had a tax and regulate system, we could implement a more safe system,” she said.

Chairman James Comer (R-KY) seemed sympathetic to the problem, saying at the end of the hearing that the marijuana issue that the mayor identified was one of the “things that caught my attention.”

“I didn’t know what the law was on that,” he said, referring to the rider that prohibits D.C. from using its local tax dollars to legalize and implement marijuana sales. “We’re researching that.”

Asked about any specific plans to address the D.C. cannabis issue, a spokesperson for Comer told Marijuana Moment on Wednesday that the office did

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