Conservatives In Congress Don’t Give A Fuck About Your Votes, Are Vaporizing Your Right To Legal Weed
A tiny faction of Conservative Republicans in Congress are tossing up a big ‘F*CK YOU’ to the 70% of D.C. voters who voted to legalize weed for recreational purposes in the most recent elections.
By attaching a measure onto a federal spending bill needed to pass in order to stop a government shut down, the conservative Republicans in Congress are effectively saying they don’t give a shit about voters, or what they want.
Tucked in the massive spending bill needed to prevent a federal government shutdown may be a measure sought by conservative House Republicans to halt marijuana legalization in the nation’s capital, advocates for the measure say.
Seven in 10 D.C. voters backed an initiative last month to follow Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana.
But three people who have been closely tracking the issue say budget negotiators in the Democratic-controlled Senate have agreed to curb the popular measure. Congress has the power to do so by restricting city spending.
“This is old-school, backroom, dirty politics,” said Adam Eidinger, one of the three, who led efforts to pass the city’s marijuana legalization measure, known as Initiative 71. “It is fundamentally undemocratic.” The other two keeping track of the issue are a lobbyist and a congressional staffer who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations.
Congressional Republicans have previously used the technique, known as a spending “rider,” to prevent the heavily Democratic city from spending money on abortion coverage for the poor. For 11 years, one was used to prevent D.C. from implementing a voter-backed measure to allow medical marijuana.
It was unclear Tuesday morning what Democrats may exact in return, but if passed as advocates fear, the spending bill would effectively render the will of D.C. voters invalid. The city would not be allowed to spend its own money for the remainder of the fiscal year to implement a new drug law. With Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, there also appeared to be little chance that would soon change.
The spending bill would let stand a D.C. law to decriminalize marijuana, the three sources say. District lawmakers in March joined 18 states that have stripped away jail time for possession of the drug, making the offense punishable by a fine of just $25.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? Everyone else’s heads spinning on this?
Just let us have the fucking legalized weed. You’ll get your tax dollars and continue to take mandatory vacations which aren’t afforded to regular citizens, and fly on private jets, which the average person will never have a chance at in her/his lifetime.
Why the crap do you have to choose weed legalization to fight your battles over? It makes me want to eat 20-pounds of Chipotle and walk through the halls of Congress, cropdusting the shit out of it with my farts for the next twenty years. That’s how mad I am right now.
For more you can read the full story on the Washington Post HERE.