Acting US drug czar thinks DC should decide its own pot laws

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The acting U.S. drug czar says the federal government shouldn't interfere with the District of Columbia's move to legalize possession of marijuana for recreational use.

Michael Botticelli said Friday that while he doesn't agree with legalization, he believes the District "should stick to its home rule."

District voters approved legalization last November by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. But in December, Congress passed a spending bill that included language intended to block legalization. District leaders argue that they can still make pot legal because the language of the bill wasn't clear.

The bill blocks the District from spending money to change its marijuana laws. Botticelli said during a question-and-answer session on Friday that the District government should be able to spend local tax dollars as it sees fit.

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