By Matt ZapotoskyAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Marijuana-related items will not be allowed in the United States Capitol for the first time in more than 100 years.
The U.S. Capitol Police said Tuesday it will begin allowing the marijuana-related materials, known as “Cannabidiol” or CBD, in a way that doesn’t violate federal law.
The change is an effort to preserve the unique and symbolic nature of the Capitol, and it comes as marijuana is legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia.
A House bill this month would have prohibited marijuana from being sold, but was not voted on.
Congressman Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced legislation last year to change the way CBD is sold in the country’s capital, but his efforts were killed.CBD is made from cannabidivarin, a cannabis derivative made from hemp that has been shown to be less potent than marijuana, and the drug is considered a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act.
The drug, which has never been approved for human use, is considered dangerous and illegal by federal law because it has no currently accepted medical use in the U.K. and has no accepted medical value in the rest of the world.
The Capitol Police told lawmakers the change would “enable the Capitol Police to keep its historic status of being the only U.N. Headquarters in the world that remains a home for marijuana,” and allow it to continue operating under its original mission.
The changes will take effect Oct. 1.