DURST: A Pot Party on Capitol Hill

You knew this was going to happen. There's a pot party raging on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a summit on the two states, California and Arizona, which have legalized medicinal marijuana, and is desperately trying to develop a strategy to step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah screeched, "We can't let this go without a response."That's right Orrin; God forbid the United States allow the peoples' will to stand sans Congressional supervision without setting a dangerous precedent. After all, who do you better trust to look out for the welfare of America: mere citizens, or their bought and paid for elected representatives? Why, the next thing you know we'll start cutting Congressional staffs and they'll have to act as their own bagmen.Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., charged Arizona voters had been hoodwinked into supporting his state's measure by deceptive advertising, and the ballot measure "begins a road to destruction of people's lives in this country." And he's got a point. As we all know, marijuana is the heathen devil weed causing severe brain damage and various incurable strains of venereal disease. It's so sad to see the pot addicts lying in the gutters of this country's urban streets selling their children for primo buds. You listen to these guys enough, and you have to wonder what they've been smoking.Will Durst needs a drink.

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