The headline from Rare.US says it all: “House Republican vows to block D.C. weed legalization.”
I realize that many Republicans have no problem empowering the government to “keep us safe” from our own choices. But it is an entirely different thing when they disregard a legal and local election and overturn the results.
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) isn’t happy about Washington, D.C.’s decision to fully legalize marijuana Tuesday and has vowed to block that referendum from becoming a reality.
A doctor by trade, Harris’s major concern is that teens will do more drugs as a result.
“Actions by those in D.C. will result in higher drug use among teens,” Harris told the Washington Post in a letter. “I will consider using all resources available to a member of Congress to stop this action, so that drug use among teens does not increase.”
The marijuana law, Initiative 71, would allow those 21-years-old and older — D.C. residents or not — to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow no more than three plants at home.
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser plans to create a sell-and-tax system.
I hate marijuana as an intentional cultivation of sloth and the inability to deal with hard life circumstances and decisions. So my opposition to Harris’ announcement is not based on any personal use or a desire to see anyone else use the plant to get high. Nor do I approve of Bowser’s desired tax system. In my opinion sin taxes are one of the government’s more evil contrivances because they give the government an incentive to perpetuate the “sin” in order to collect revenue. Anyone who believes a practice is truly sinful should want the government revenue system to be independent of the practice of that sin.
But Harris should deal with the legal responsibilities that he has been given as a Representative in Congress. If the populace has passed a legal referendum then that is DC’s business.
Of course, unconstitutional usurpations are the stock and trade of drug prohibition. We all know that our nation practiced alcohol prohibition at one time. That required a Constitutional amendment to give the Federal government the authority to prohibit alcohol. When did we ever pass a Constitutional amendment to give the Federal government the authority to prohibit marijuana or anything else?
We didn’t? The Federal government simply gave itself the authority. No wonder then, that politicians seem unrestrained in this area.