Andy Harris doesn’t want marijuana in our backyard

A Maryland politician is trying to prevent District residents from implementing drug regulation in our own neighborhoods. I weighed in at the Washington Examiner:

Republicans campaigned during the midterm elections on a variety of issues, but every would-be senator and congressman also ran on the official party platform that includes a respect for federalism and individual liberty. When all the votes were counted, Republicans padded their lead in the House of Representatives and took control of the Senate for the first time since 2007.

On the same day, Washington, D.C., residents overwhelmingly voted to pass Initiative 71, which will legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital, assuming Congress doesn’t exercise its power to veto the legislation. One Republican congressman has already threatened to do so.

Instead of immediately betraying the values that led them to victory, Republicans should allow marijuana legalization to move forward in the District of Columbia, even if they wouldn’t support legalization in their home states.

Read the rest here.