HELENA, Mont. — Politics makes strange bedfellows, alright.

Who would have ever guessed the tea party patriots, you know, the old folks strutting around in American flag apparel and tri-cornered hats, might — at least symbolically — link arms with a bunch of dope-smoking lefties and Libertarians?

Yet, staring down an ominous and likely unfriendly federal government, advocates for marijuana legalization in Washington state and Colorado may soon travel down a path already carved by the nation’s right-wing — fighting back against overly intrusive federal rules and regulations.