by Roland Martin
I’m desperately trying to understand how getting marijuana laws passed nationwide has become today’s Selma, but if there is one thing that is intolerable it’s the shameful way congressional Republicans are bullying the residents of Washington, D.C., to not blaze in the comfort of their homes.
Possessing marijuana in the nation’s capital became legal at midnight Wednesday, yet Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz and his Republican compadres are literally threatening to jail D.C.’s elected leaders for implementing a law that was overwhelmingly approved at the ballot box by the residents of the District of Columbia.
Residents will be allowed to possess no more than two ounces of weed. They can’t sell, but are more than allowed to smoke it in the privacy of their home. Outdoor places and cars are forbidden.
Yet Chaffetz is fuming, literally threatening to jail Mayor Muriel Bowser or any D.C. elected official or employee who moves forward on the law.
“The penalties are severe, and we’re serious about this. Nobody’s wishing or wanting that to happen, but the law is clear,” Chaffetz told ABC News.
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