First, a confession: I loathe recreational marijuana. I don’t like the smell of it, and it pains me to see people hacking up a lung after having smoked it. (“This stuff never makes me cough, I swear!”) I also don’t like how anti-social it is, sending people outside to smoke while I sip my wine indoors alone.

Some might think this makes me an unlikely advocate for its legalization in either medicinal or recreational form. And it does, I guess, because I do not, in any way, shape or form, exactly approve of ingesting marijuana for fun. It’s just not my thing. But I also don’t think that matters at all in today’s current state of affairs. And thus we wade into politics, starting with one particular incident — in our nation’s fine capital, no less — that has me all riled up.

It’s no secret that our government isn’t winning popularity contests these days, with more and more voters throwing up their hands and staying home from the polls rather than pick either party. And one issue that really makes my blood boil: when smug politicians pit themselves against those Americans who do make it to the polls. So a recent kerfuffle in Washington, D.C. has me in an irate state of mind.

Initiative 71
passed last November in Washington, D.C., legalizing small amounts of marijuana. A whopping 70 percent of voters voted for it, and yet Congress immediately tried to block it, using a spending bill, of all things, as a shield.

It made headlines across the country, causing Americans again to stop and consider how our “democracy” is really defined. I mean, what’s the point of voting if the government (who, let’s face it, no one trusts anymore) can just “override” the vote of the people based on politics?

So Washington, D.C. found itself in a pickle.

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