Congress upends Washington D.C. pot legalization

Protests and a last-minute scramble to turn the tide in Congress were underway Wednesday morning as activists and D.C. officials sought to fight back against a federal budget deal poised to upend the city’s voter-approved measure to legalize marijuana. Two paragraphs tucked into the 1,600-page agreement released Tuesday night would preclude D.C. from enacting any measures weakening federal drug laws in the District.

Washington D.C. to Require All Judges and Lawyers to Certify Their Good Standing Annually

The D.C. Council unanimously approved legislation today that will require all attorneys, hearing officers, and administrative law judges who perform legal duties for the District government to file an annual “Certificate of Good Standing” with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability by Dec. 15. At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, chair of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, introduced the measure “to prevent the unethical practice of law without a bar license,” he said in a press release.