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Harris becomes the face of latest anti-pot measure

Harris becomes the face of latest anti-pot measure

Rep. Andy Harris re-emerged Wednesday as a leading opponent of legalizing marijuana after lawmakers included a provision in the $1 trillion federal funding bill that appeared to block the District of Columbia from loosening its pot laws.

The controversial addition, which took D.C. officials and legalization advocates by surprise, also served to solidify the conservative Republican's position as a top target of those Washingtonians who believe Congress is meddling in the affairs of the nation's capital — and ignoring the will of its voters.

Harris, Maryland's only Republican in Congress, has long opposed efforts to legalize pot, even as proponents have gained ground in...