When introducing a Medical Marijuana Research Bill, the Republican lawmaker did not shy away Wednesday from including weed puns in his statement. Eight, to be exact.
“I urge my colleagues to join Senator Schatz and me in our joint effort to help thousands of Americans suffering from a wide-range of diseases and disorders,” he added. “In a Washington at war with itself, I have high hopes that this bipartisan initiative can be a kumbaya moment for both parties.”
The weed references include: “high time,” “experimented,” “delving into the weeds,” “strains,” “to be blunt,” “roll out,” “joint effort” and “high hopes.”
According to Hatch’s office, the humor was on purpose.
“Sen. Hatch has a great sense of humor,” said Matt Whitlock, Hatch’s spokesman. “While this is a serious bill dealing with serious issues, particularly in Utah, he felt that the best way to ensure it received the attention required for a thorough and robust debate was with a bit of good-natured humor, similar to that of his social media platforms.”
This isn’t the first time the Utah conservative has been creative about his word choice.
His office tweeted a link to the Oxford English Dictionary’s definition of the expression, explaining that it refers to a “a plug of tow, cloth, etc., a disk of felt or cardboard, to retain the powder and shot in position in charging a gun or cartridge.”
Hatch later clarified his remarks with “helpful additional context,” sharing a tweet from Whitlock, who explained that this turn of phrase “was used quite often during the Civil War when Hatch was just a young senator.”