Congressman Brings Fake Joint to Capitol Hill Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette and a list of marijuana offenses during a hearing about drug laws in the Rayburn House Office Building May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mica said the 'joint' was rolled by members of his staff, who he said had more experience in the task. Witnesses testified about the federal government's enforcement of marijuana laws in the face of the district's efforts to decriminalize possession of the drug. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The efforts of Rep. John Mica (R-FL) to combat decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana in Washington, D.C. reached an all-time high on Friday.
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The topic of decriminalizing marijuana in the nation’s capital had Florida Rep. John Mica all fired up on Friday.

On Friday, the Republican congressman was on Capitol Hill and demonstrated his opposition to a bill that recently decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington, D.C., by using a visual aid — a rolled marijuana joint.

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Mica, who quickly pointed out that it was not a real joint, was only trying to prove a point, according to Politico.

Mica went on to note that each joint contained about a gram of cannabis -- meaning that the District's new law allowed an individual to possess up to 20 joints without triggering criminal penalties. Civil penalties would still apply.

According to Daily Caller, hilarity ensued:

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) is heard off-microphone asking Mica: "Did you roll that?"
Mica responded: "I had staff do it."
The hearing audience erupted with laughter. "They have more experience.?

D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton was apparently quite taken aback by Mica’s prop.