President Biden decided once again to exclude Washington, D.C. from legalizing recreational cannabis sales as part of the budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2024, reported Marijuana Moment.

The Biden-Harris administration submitted the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Budget request to Congress last week. The document still maintains the appropriations rider preventing Justice Department interference in the state- and territory-level medical marijuana programs. 

The D.C. cannabis provision has been blocking the nation’s capital from using its own local tax dollars to implement a legal recreational cannabis sales program, even though DC voters overwhelmingly approved cannabis legalization in 2014.

Cannabis advocates have repeatedly urged officials to formally adopt a non-compliance policy to allow Washington, D.C. to legalize cannabis sales despite the congressional ban.

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