Former Rep. Tom Tancredo had agreed to share a joint with a documentary filmmaker if Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana. But now that the law passed, it turns out he was just blowing smoke.
The Colorado Republican, an outspoken supporter of marijuana legalization, said he would have to "welch" on the bet because it would set a bad example for his grandchildren, the Associated Press reports.
"I am especially concerned that the publicity may cause my grandkids to have to justify my actions to their peers" Tancredo wrote in an email. "I would never want to do anything that puts them in a difficult situation."
Tancredo had written an op-ed in the Colorado Springs Gazette entitled, "Marijuana Prohibition Has Failed Us." "I am endorsing Amendment 64 not despite my conservative beliefs, but because of them," he wrote. "Our nation is spending tens of billions of dollars annually in an attempt to prohibit adults from using a substance objectively less harmful than alcohol."
There is a clip of Tancredo agreeing to smoke up in a trailer for comedian Adam Hartle's documentary called Grassroots - The Comeback of Cannabis, about the pro-legaization movement.
Via the Associated Press and Salon