Saturday, May 10, 2014
Rep John Mica (R-Fla.) And His Rolled Joint
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) brought a rolled marijuana cigarette to a House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee hearing.
Mica was quick to point out that it was not a real joint, but on the contrary a visual prop to illustrate the potential consequences of the new Washington, D.C., marijuana decriminalization law.
"I have this joint here," Mica started, before adding: "Don't get too excited. … This is not a real one, it's a mock one."
The subcommittee hearing was in response to the Washington D.C. Council's recently passed bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. The new law will not take effect until Congress finishes its review.
Mica pointed out that a single marijuana joint contains about a gram of cannabis - meaning that the District's new law would allow an individual to possess up to 20 joints without triggering criminal penalties. Civil penalties would still apply.
And the penalty for possessing a faux joint in the halls of Congress? A few head shakes and laughter was Mica's sentence.