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February 10, 2016

Hoyer Clarifies: No, I Have Not Smoked Pot

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that he has not smoked marijuana, clarifying his remarks from earlier in the day when he indicated he had.

“At today’s press conference, I was unclear when discussing the Maryland General Assembly’s actions on marijuana. To be clear, I have not used marijuana. The point I tried to make was that I wasn’t going to ask for a show of hands of people who haven’t tried marijuana — because if I did, I would probably be one of very few who could raise my hand,” the second highest-ranking House Democrat said in a statement emailed to CQ Roll Call.

“This issue affects many people in my home state and throughout the country, including those who are non-violent offenders suffering in prison from a criminal conviction over possession. While I indicated early on that I was not in support of legalization of marijuana, I do believe Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly are taking the right step to decriminalize the possession of small amounts.”

  • Maerzie

    What’s YOUR drug?? Alcohol? Or marijuana?? Facts prove that alcohol is a MUCH more dangerous DRUG than marijuana, damaging almost every organ in the human body, even the heart and the brain, besides all the marital, family, and other damaging social effects! Alcohol “druggies” never recognize themselves when the druggie term is used. And now, the healthful effects of a portion of marijuana are being discovered. I am a non-smoker, but I might try the “tea” I have heard about!

  • Jasmine An’deez

    Our gadgets, gizmos, computers, and vehicles were first produced in small quantities for those able to afford them and free to enjoy them.

  • Plutark Heavensbee

    A society of merit is a society of chores performed rather than success achieved; a society subject to the whims of those who judge merit.

  • johnboy

    Maybe he should.

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