The prospect of legal pot in D.C. is provoking a new round of hysterical
outbursts from ultra-conservative Utah congressman Representative Jason
Chaffetz (R-Utah). Rep. Chaffetz's latest stunt involves him threatening
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser with arrest if legal pot becomes the reality
in the District of Columbia. Chaffetz recently authored a letter which
warned of dire consequences for the D.C. Mayor if she implemented the
new law which allows legal pot. The new law is the result of a ballot
initiative in which D.C. voters decided to legalize the possession of
up to 2 ounces of marijuana. The new law still mandates that the sale
or use of marijuana in public is illegal.
Chaffetz, primarily known for his single-minded obsession with the alleged
Benghazi coverup, has now redirected his focus to what he views as the
latest sign of utter societal collapse - legal pot. Undeterred by the
fact that the ballot initiative was overwhelmingly approved by D.C. voters,
Chaffetz wrote in part, "If you decide to move forward with the legalization
of marijuana in the District, you will be doing so in knowing and willful
violation of the law." When interviewed by the Washington Post about
the Mayor's actions, he further upped the ante by stating, "You
can go to prison for this. We are not playing a little game here."
Other more thoughtful Republicans, aware of the shifting public consensus
on the issue of legal pot, and less willing than Chaffetz to jettison
the longstanding Republican ideological commitment to states' rights
and local control of issues, have avoided the controversy surrounding
legal pot. Perhaps because of the composition of his constituency, and
the socially conservative ideological homogeneity which exists in his
district, Chaffetz does not share this concern.
Recently Colorado voters decided to legalize marijuana. While only done
recently, the train of horribles' which many conservative pundits
confidently predicted would follow the availability of legal pot, has
not yet occurred. Currently, at least five states are preparing to vote
on the issue of legal pot in 2016. With public consensus shifting in favor
of legal pot, and the issue becoming far less politically divisive, it
is expected that many more states will enact legislation in favor of legalization.