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This week, activists are gearing up to try and save the law from a Congress determined to kill it.
A provision in a $1 trillion "cromnibus" spending bill that appropriators in Congress released Tuesday night prohibited the District from using any funds to enact the marijuana legalization in the city.
Voters in the District last month overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana. But now lawmakers from the rest of the country have decided that doesn't matter.
A massive bill to fund most of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year would block D.C. from implementing the ballot measure, as advocates had feared.