Marijuana

At Center for American Progress, a Tryout for 2020 Ideas
D.C. gathering alternates between liberal goals, Trump reaction

California Sen. Kamala Harris took aim at the administration’s approach to drug policy at Tuesday’s Center for American Progress gathering. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Potential Democratic presidential candidates took center stage Tuesday for what might prove to be the kickoff of the 2020 campaign, but the popular characterization of the progressive policy confab as a “CPAC for liberals” might have missed the mark.

The Center for American Progress’ 2017 Ideas Conference looked like the kind of muted 2020 cattle call one would expect from a gathering in the ballroom of the Georgetown Four Seasons in Washington. Missing were the raucous crowds that overtake the sprawling gathering at National Harbor for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Strange Touts Role in Resignation of Governor Who Appointed Him
Senator’s role as Alabama attorney general in two prominent cases is questioned after he touts them in ad

The new ad from Strange shows actors representing politicians getting hosed down in a car wash. Credit: Screenshot

Sen. Luther Strange's new campaign ad leads with an image of politicians writhing in pain while getting sprayed down while standing in a car wash. According to the voiceover, this symbolizes Strange cleaning up corruption in Montgomery, Ala. during his time as state attorney general. 

But in the two primary cases cited by Strange — the resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley and the prosecution of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard — his role was more ambiguous.

Brooks Announces Primary Challenge to Strange
Joins crowded primary for Senate seat incumbent was appointed to by governor who resigned

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., will announce his candidacy for the Senate on Monday with events in several Alabama cities. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks announced Monday he will challenge Sen. Luther Strange in the state’s Republican primary.

The congressman was to make a round of news conferences around the state to announce his campaign, but broke the news early on Dale Jackson’s talk show on WVNN

Klan Prosecutor Joins Alabama Senate Race
Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones is first significant Democratic candidate to run for Strange’s seat

Doug Jones speaks to reporters in 2005 after Eric Rudolph pled guilty to setting off a bomb at a Birmingham, Alabama women’s clinic while Jones was U.S. attorney. (Brian Schoenhals/Getty Images file photo)

Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones on Wednesday became the first prominent Democrat to enter the race for Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat in Alabama.

Jones is best known for prosecuting Ku Klux Klan members who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four young girls and injuring 22 others. 

Spending Plan Includes Reassurance for Legal Pot
Prohibition on interfering with state laws extended to September

Inventory is displayed at the medical marijuana dispensary Takoma Wellness Center in Washington, D.C. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Businesses selling marijuana in states where it is legal just got some reassurance from Congress that they don’t have to worry about a federal crackdown anytime soon.

The spending bill that will keep the government open until September includes the extension of a policy that prohibits the Department of Justice from using federal money to interfere with states’ medical marijuana laws.

Photos of the Week: Science and Pot Protests, a Senate Bus Ride and Kids on the Hill
The week of April 24 as captured by Roll Call's photographers

Archer Somodevilla, son of Getty Images photojournalist Chip Somodevilla, takes photos during Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan's weekly news conference in the Capitol on Thursday. Thursday was "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

4 Arrests After Pot ‘Smoke In’ on Capitol Lawn

Four Arrested for Marijuana Use Near Capitol
DCMJ lead second demonstration in a week that led to arrests

Police made four arrests when marijuana legalization advocates took out joints and edibles and used them on federal land during a DCMJ demonstration Monday.

The group led its #Reschedule420 smoke-in days after seven were arrested while handing out marijuana to congressional staffers on Thursday in honor of 420, also known as National Weed Day.

Word on the Hill: Welcome Back
Your social calendar for the week

Congress is returning from recess to the same controversies it left two weeks ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The two-week April recess is over and members are slowly returning to Capitol Hill today and tomorrow.

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this weekend will dominate the week’s social scene, with parties beginning on Thursday and the main event on Saturday night.

Photos of the Recess: A Tax Protest, Special Election and 4/20 Event
The weeks of April 10 and April 17 as seen by Roll Call's photographers

A Hill staffer reads a book during the lunch hour on the East Lawn of the Capitol on April 18. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Warm weather punctuated the spring recess in Washington. As congressmen took two weeks back home in their states and districts, some Hill staffers were able to enjoy the sun on lunch breaks and head early to happy hours.

But it wasn't all that quiet on the congressional front. A Tax March on Saturday, April 15 brought protesters to Capitol Hill to demand President Donald Trump release his tax returns. CQ Roll Call hit the road to Atlanta for the special election to fill Tom Price's seat. And back in Washington, the recess neared its end as a 4/20 event resulted in seven arrests for marijuana possession and possession with intent to distribute near the Dirksen Senate Office Building.