Maryland Congressman Admits to Smoking Pot – And Then Takes it Back

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Photo via Politico
Photo via Politico

It’s been a big week for marijuana here in Maryland. First, the state house passed legislation decriminalizing recreational marijuana, and then our House Minority Whip went on record admitting that he’d used the drug. Or that’s what it sounded like he said, at least.

Steny Hoyer, a democrat from Maryland’s 5th congressional district, told reporters he hoped Governor Martin O’Malley would sign the bill into law. “I’m not going to ask for a show of hands. If I did, I could raise my hand,” Hoyer said, while raising his hand. “The use thereof, or the trying thereof. Inhaling or not. Experimentation.”

Which sounds to me–and to a lot of other people–like Hoyer admitting to casual drug use. Now, you wouldn’t necessarily think that would be a big deal in this day and age… especially when our past three presidents have gone on record saying that they smoked marijuana. But Hoyer’s spokeswoman was quick to contradict her boss’ statement: ”Mr. Hoyer has not used marijuana. His point was that this issue affects many people, and he believes the Maryland General Assembly took the right step to decriminalize marijuana.” Mmmmhmmmm. Sure. Sounds convincing.



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