The genius of some politicians knows no bounds.

Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris was behind an amendment to a spending bill that sought to overturn Washington, D.C.’s pot decriminalization law.

Congress has a right to review D.C.’s laws. In this case, however, Harris’ amendment might be too late, and it thus might end up doing the opposite of what was intended.

According to the Washington Post, the bill sought to strip Washington, D.C. authorities of federal cash for enforcement under its decriminalization law, which would make holding less than an ounce of weed punishable by only a $25 fine.

The Harris amendment denies federal cash to D.C. in cases where the city would “enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution [of marijuana and other drugs] for recreational use.”

But the house amendment’s own enactment will likely be late enough that D.C.’s law will go into effect anyway, but ultimately without the cash to fine anyone anything for carrying small amounts of cannabis, according to the Post, because of Harris’ move.

In other words, Harris’ block was too late, and it will only have the effect of denying Washington, D.C. authorities the ability of even issuing small-time citations and fines for pot possession.

Which is fine with us.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He’s a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor’s recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out:

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