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D.C. council marijuana decriminalization, scholarship program votes scheduled Tuesday

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is set to vote on whether to create a wide-ranging college scholarship program for city students amid questions about whether it could endanger a popular federal program.

The city's delegate to Congress has warned that if the city can fund its own tuition grants, Congress might stop handing out up to $10,000 a year to district residents to attend public universities outside city limits.

Supporters of the so-called D.C. Promise say it's meant to supplement, not replace, the federal program, which was created at the urging of Democratic Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. But Norton says Congressional appropriators are only interested in seeing how much money the city commits to the grants.

The council is also scheduled to vote Tuesday on decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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