High on Capitol Hill

Ross Becker

It's not a huge political scandal, but you have to wonder what Marcus Stanley was thinking when, according to police, he tried to sneak marijuana into a U.S. Senators office on Capitol Hill. Have you heard the story? Stanley was a senior economic advisor to California Senator Barbara Boxer. On Tuesday, according to a Capitol Police report, he showed up at a Hart Senate Building security checkpoint and, the report says, tried to “remove and conceal” a leafy green substance from his pocket. The cops tested it and, they say, it was marijuana. He was bringing pot to work in the nation's capitol? Well, Stanley immediately resigned and Senator Boxer accepted it.

Turns out this is not as unusual as you might think.

Thousands of tourists and visitors come to the House and Senate office buildings and the Capitol and the new Visitors Center everyday. There is an elaborate security system set up. They have to pass through metal detectors and X-ray machine. But in the past year and a half, police say they have stopped at least a dozen people trying to get into the home of our government with marijuana and other illegal drugs, including cocaine in one instance.

Drugs are in our schools, our parks, our community centers and our homes. It should not be a surprise that they are part of the daily routine for those trying to enforce the drug possession laws in the nation's capitol. Tourists who think they can carry it into the Capitol Building are one thing, but staff members who casually have it in their coat pocket while coming to work has to raise some eyebrows.

Categories: Becker’s Digital Notebook