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Despite legalization vote, D.C. pot law still faces hurdle of GOP Congress

In a national teleconference with reporters on Wednesday, advocates for marijuana legalization sought to play down concerns that Congress would spend the energy to overturn the District of Columbia's measure, especially right after the Republicans gain control of Congress. Foto: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

WASHINGTON - Celebration quickly gave way to uncertainty on Wednesday for supporters of a voter-approved initiative to legalize marijuana in the District of Columbia, with the reality sinking in that when the measure reaches Capitol Hill for review, the party least likely to support it will be in charge.

One conservative House Republican from neighboring Maryland immediately vowed to use all of his power to upend Initiative 71, which would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to have up to 2 ounces of marijuana for personal use and would allow home cultivation of up to three plants...

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