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Heard on the Hill: Paranoid, Much?

Almario plays a Senate legislative director in the low-budget independent film, which takes a satirical look inside the lives of the people who conduct the behind-the-scenes work in Washington. Filming is set to wrap on June 30, according to the D.C. Office of Motion Picture & Television Development.

HOH thinks the actress should go even further into her role research and take an intern spot to really get a taste of what it’s like to toil on the Hill.

We hear there are openings in the office of Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.).

Smoke Signals. Talk on Capitol Hill could soon go to pot.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) introduced the Act to Remove Federal Penalties for Personal Use by Responsible Adults last week, seeking to eliminate most of the federal penalties for small-time pot users.

Co-sponsored by Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif), the measure would scrap most federal criminal penalties (but not override state law) for those possessing up to 100 grams of marijuana or are involved in the not-for-profit transfer of up to 1 ounce of the substance.

“I think John Stuart Mill had it right in the 1850s when he argued that individuals should have the right to do what they want in private, so long as they don’t hurt anyone else,” Frank said.

Aaron Houston, the government relations director for the Marijuana Policy Project, predicted that “there’s going to be a lot of discussion” about the measure on Capitol Hill, in part because attitudes about marijuana are shifting.

“Our federal government has had an absolutely draconian, non-science-based, non-fact-based view on marijuana for many years,” Houston said. “We’re starting to see that change.”

And in other good news for the pro-pot lobby, Frank also recently introduced legislation that would strengthen protections for state-authorized medical marijuana users.

We can practically hear the Peter Tosh song “Legalize It” playing in the chamber.

Overheard on the Hill. “The USS John McCain, a Navy destroyer, will intercept the ship Kang Nam as soon as it leaves the vicinity off the coast of China, according to a senior U.S. defense official.”

— A Fox News report on Friday, on the plans for the namesake ship of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

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