That time a member of Congress allowed himself to be photographed with a fake joint

This is probably a first on Capitol Hill.

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee held a hearing on the D.C. Council's newly passed bill to decriminalize marijuana — at least small amounts. The law won't go into effect until Congress reviews it and decides whether it is valid. They have until July to decide.

Rep. John Mica, a Republican from Florida, brought a fake marijuana joint to use as a visual prop as he spoke. His staff rolled it, Mica said. "They have more experience," Politico reported Mica as saying. "Mica also said that congressional procedure did not provide him a way to submit the joint into the congressional record."

In 2012, Mica told a conference that his critics were "smoking the funny weed."

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's longtime House delegate, testified during the hearing.

Holmes may not have been a fan of Mica's prop, but she has used D.C.-themed swag during floor speeches in the past.

Source: Floor Charts
Source: Floor Charts

Source: Floor Charts


Source: Floor Charts
Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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