This is probably a first on Capitol Hill.
John Mica is holding up a fake joint. pic.twitter.com/emU8F7cGfw— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) May 9, 2014
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.