"[Marijuana] is not a drug. It's a leaf," Schwarzenegger told GQ. "My drug was pumping iron, trust me."
The above is an excerpt from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when asked whether he ever used drugs by the British edition of GQ. The Governor's publicist says that it must remain in the context in which it was said, a light-hearted interview.
Here is another excerpt from the same interview where Schwarzenegger is asked about other politicians who would not disclose current or past drug use, he says: "What would you rather have? A politician taking stuff and not saying, but making the best decisions and improving things? Or a politician who names all the drugs he or she has taken but makes lousy decisions for the country?" Schwarzenegger was quoted as saying.
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-In context, out of context, is there ever a good time to jest concerning illegal substances when you are in a position of authority?
-What do you think of the Governor's comments?
-Is marijuana a drug?
-Marijuana is to leaf as Opium is to flower as Meth is to under-the-counter house products. Are those correct parallels?