D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. (AP photo)
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (AP photo)

(USA Today) – Despite warnings from congressional Republicans, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed D.C.’s marijuana legalization law to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, told Bowser that if she continued with her plan to implement marijuana legalization she would face “very serious consequences,” The Washington Post reported.

“You can go to prison for this,” The Post quoted Chaffetz as saying. “We’re not playing a little game here.”

Bowser was undeterred by the threat of prison time. “We are acting lawfully,” she told reporters. “I have a lot of things to do, being in jail wouldn’t be a good thing.”

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