In this Oct. 9, 2014 file photo, posters encouraging people to vote yes on DC Ballot Initiative 71 to legalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use are readied in Washington. Possession of marijuana will become legal in the nation's capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser reiterated Wednesday, defying a threat from Congress that she and other city leaders could face prison time for implementing a voter-approved initiative.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said this week "that the District will not become 'like Amsterdam,' as though being 'like Amsterdam' would be a bad thing," says a blog post by the Netherlands Embassy. The embassy backed up their umbrage with a stylish infographic showing off several metrics where Amsterdam handily surpasses the District - particularly in transportation choices, as Amsterdam offers its current residents more waterways, more bikeways, and more streetcar lines.
By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press WASHINGTON - The new mayor of the nation's capital gave her constituents what they wanted - the ability to legally grow and share marijuana in private. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had little choice, given the overwhelming voter support for the legalization initiative and the unanimous opinion from her legal team that Congress couldn't block it.
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