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At 12:01 a.m., the U.S. capital became the latest jurisdiction to allow its residents to possess small amounts of marijuana, but a battle with Congress has set up a perplexing pot dilemma: people will be allowed to smoke it, but where can they buy it?

Washington, D.C., residents voted in November in favour of Initiative 71, to allow those 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to six plants (three maturing at a time) in one's home. It also allows someone to give — but not sell — up to one ounce to someone else.

Legalization advocates jumped for joy when the measure passed, but the celebration was short-lived. Congress stepped in to block it. D.C. isn't a state and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have the power to reject whatever city council passes. That's what they did with marijuana legalization.


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