DC lawmakers open door to pot smoking in private clubs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawmakers in the nation's capital have opened the door to allowing people to smoke marijuana in clubs that charge a membership fee.

The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a task force to study how the city could allow pot smoking in places other than people's homes.

Possession of up to 2 ounces of pot for personal use has been legal in the District of Columbia since early last year. Congress has blocked local officials from any further liberalization of the city's pot laws.

But advocates said there was room to establish rules for places where people could congregate and smoke. Mayor Muriel Bowser had pushed for a permanent ban on pot clubs, but the Council set that bill aside in favor of creating the task force.