OUR CAPITOL BONG PARTY
They say Wisconsin hasn't seen the sort of protests we had in Madison recently since at least the 1960s. Turns out some folks thought it actually was the 1960s.
The state just responded to my request to see copies of hundreds of state Capitol Police reports from February and March during the height of the protests. We already know all about the serious reasons people were blowing off steam.
Turns out, though, that wasn't just steam.
It was, right up there on the third floor of the South Wing — directly above the state Senate chambers — the "overwhelming smell of burnt marijuana" emanating from an orange tent. There was so much smoke, a "great amount" that was "issuing" from the tent pitched right there inside our esteemed Capitol, that it was literally "coming out of cracks," according to the report. One cop was concerned there was actually an "active fire" inside.
Nope. It was just two dudes lying on a sleeping bag in their underwear, a "roach," rolling papers, a bag of what looked like pot, a glass "bong" and enough smoke to make Cheech and Chong jealous. Both dudes were issued citations and one — a juvenile — was turned over to his mom. I couldn't reach either one, so it's not clear if they were protesting against the Republicans, the Democrats or just the lack of Doritos in the cafeteria.
The underwear boys were, so far as I can tell, the only alleged potheads police caught red-handed. But clearly there were a lot of people who breathed in some of the second-hand smoke.