Boehner: Congress will ‘look at’ DC pot bill

File - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, marijuana matures at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Colorado voters still support the state law that legalized recreational marijuana, but most believe it is hurting the image of the state, according to a new poll released Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 51 percent of voters overall believe the measure is bad for the state's reputation, while 38 percent see it as a net positive. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)
File - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, marijuana matures at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Colorado voters still support the state law that legalized recreational marijuana, but most believe it is hurting the image of the state, according to a new poll released Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 51 percent of voters overall believe the measure is bad for the state's reputation, while 38 percent see it as a net positive. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he’s sure Congress will look at a law passed by the D.C. Council that decriminalizes possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in the nation’s capital.

When asked Wednesday, Boehner said he was unfamiliar with the law. Congress has the authority to invalidate local District of Columbia laws, but it hasn’t used that authority in more than 20 years.

Mayor Vincent Gray intends to sign the bill. It would make possession of small amounts of pot a civil offense subject to a $25 fine. Smoking marijuana in public would still be a criminal offense.

Boehner said Wednesday, “I really haven’t seen what the D.C. Council did, but I’m sure we’ll look at it.”

Seventeen states have some form of marijuana decriminalization.

 

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