WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman says he doesn't intend to "negate" a law decriminalizing possession of marijuana in the District of Columbia.
Rep. John Mica of Florida says he's merely trying to understand how law enforcement agencies will resolve the conflict between local and federal law.
Mica said at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Friday that marijuana decriminalization in the nation's capital "isn't purely a local matter" and that he's "not picking on the District."
But Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat who represents the District in Congress, says that's exactly what the subcommittee is doing. Seventeen states have some form of marijuana decriminalization.
The law decriminalizing possession of less than one ounce of pot has yet to take effect. It would not apply to federal law enforcement officers or on federal property.