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D.C. Mayor-Elect Bowser Says No to Unregulated Legal Pot



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    DC Mayor-Elect Muriel E. Bowser speaks to the press about her victory in last night's mayoral election November 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Ward 4 Council member Muriel Bowser won the race for DC mayor Tuesday, defeating independents David Catania and Carol Schwartz to keep the office for the Democrats. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The mayor-elect in the nation's capital says she won't allow an initiative legalizing marijuana to take effect until the District of Columbia has a system in place to tax and regulate the drug. But the head of the legalization campaign says he'll fight her on that.

    Democrat Muriel Bowser said at a news conference Wednesday that she'll tap a member of her transition team to study pot laws in other states and move quickly to enact a regulatory structure.

    District voters overwhelmingly approved an initiative on Tuesday that legalizes possession of small amounts of pot. But it doesn't allow for the legal sale of the drug.

    D.C. Cannabis Campaign chairman Adam Eidinger says delaying the initiative to establish regulations would thwart the will of the voters.