GOP Rep. Waves Joint At Hearing, Says Staff Rolled It (VIDEO)

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) brought a “faux” joint to a congressional hearing Friday about the Obama administration’s marijuana policy.

Mica — the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations — said his staff rolled it because they have “more experience” in doing so.

He was discussing penalties for marijuana possession when he revealed his prop. “I have this joint here,” he said. “This is — okay, don’t get too excited, some of you. This is not a real one. It’s a mock one.”

Seconds later Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) jumped in to ask, “Did you roll that?”

Mica replied with a smile, “No, I had staff do it. They have more experience.”

The room burst into laughter.


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