If there is one thing that we can all agree on about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), it is that he is a staunch advocate of state rights and local control. But his belief in local control over local affairs clearly does not extend to those who actually live in Washington, D.C.
For most of my adult life, I have been aware that Republicans have sought to regulate my body through criminal punishment. But until Tuesday, I did not realize that they had it mind to criminally regulate my gaze as well.
Should the debate move beyond semantics, this confrontation could result in a very significant, consequential and long overdue debate both about marijuana policy in the United States and about Washington's continued status as the nation's last colony.
To raise D.C. out of the current morass of disgrace to the honored place that the nation's capital should hold in national and global consciousness, we must have a fresh, vital, ethical new generation of leadership for the city.