Politicians love their marijuana, which might explain a lot about the current state of affairs in Washington, DC. Did you see the Rudy Giuliani interview on Fox last night or earlier this morning? Kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile a few weeks ago on April 11, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan (R-Wi) officially announced that he would not be seeking reelection in 2018, he held a press conference. In an unscripted question and answer session with reporters shortly afterward, he mentioned the great life that his predecessor John Boehner (R-OH) was having since his retirement in 2015.
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Unfortunately, Ryan had no idea that on that very same morning, Mr. Boehner had just announced on Twitter that he is taking a job with a good-old-fashioned weed farm named Acreage Holdings. Of course, the press went crazy for about 24-hours.
But the Republicans are not the only pot-lovers in the nation’s capital. Legalizing and endorsing both medical and recreational marijuana is now very assuredly a bipartisan issue. The Dems and the GOP may not agree on taxes, immigration, Russian collusion, or even vaping for that matter, but they do agree on one thing. Weed is no longer whack.
What’s up with Chuck?
On April 20, just a few short days after the Boehner/Ryan debacle, our current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was interviewed on Vice News. He announced his intention to introduce a new bill that would essentially decriminalize marijuana nationwide (Even though multiple states have legalized marijuana to some degree, it’s still illegal under federal law. The Feds just look the other way to avoid pissing people off). What is the basis for Schumer’s newfound love of the 420 lifestyle?
Funny thing is that both of those statements could be equally applied to vaping. Yet Schumer is one of the most actively aggressive vaping haters on Capitol Hill. Just last December, for example, he called all vaping devices “ticking timebombs.” He also supports an FDA flavor ban on e-liquids (other than tobacco flavors, of course...Go Big Tobacco!) because he still believes, against scientific evidence to the contrary, that vaping is a gateway to teen smoking.
And Juuling? Don’t even get him started! In fact, just ten days before making his weed announcement, he sent a letter to JUUL Labs signed by eleven other senators including Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois blasting the entire juuling industry. Note: Much of the included information was just plain wrong.
In his Vice interview, Schumer even had the gumption to attempt to use guilt to make his argument for the federal decriminalization of marijuana. Schumer claims that the majority of weed growers and distributors are small businesses. And elected officials need to give small business owners all the help that they can get. Never mind that the same is true for the American vaping industry.
Much like the old “David versus Goliath” story, Schumer even implies that Americans should essentially feel sorry these small business owners in the marijuana industry because they have to compete with Big Tobacco for customers. Never mind – again – that the same is true for the American vaping industry.
Is Senator Chuck Schumer a big, ole hypocrite? Is he simply misinformed? Or is there something more nefarious at play here? My question is: What about those tens of thousands of Americans whom Schumer has helped to send to prison for non-violent crimes involving miniscule amounts of marijuana? Changes of heart may not always be what they appear, especially in Washington, DC.