Marijuana: Tom Tancredo will puff a joint to settle a bet, but says people shouldn't smoke pot

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Update: Yesterday, we shared a video in which ex-Congressman and former gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo promised to smoke marijuana with a comedian trying to finance a documentary about the passage of Amendment 64; see our previous coverage and the clip below. Since then, we've heard from Tancredo, who confirms that he will indeed light up -- but he'll only take one puff while sharing comments meant to discourage pot smoking.

As we've noted, Tancredo was virtually the only high-profile Republican politician to speak out in favor of Amendment 64, not due to his fondness for marijuana (he's never tried it), but because he sees the government telling people what they should and shouldn't ingest as antithetical to his conservative values.

During the course of the campaign, Tancredo granted an interview to Adam Hartle, a stand-up comic. At the end of their chat, Tancredo recalls, "We made a bet -- and even though I was supporting 64, I bet that it was going to go down. He said, 'I don't think it is.' And then he said, 'If it passes, will you smoke a joint with me?' And I said, 'Sure,' not thinking it was going to pass. But it did."

As such, Tancredo says, "I'll pay off the bet" next time Hartle is in Colorado; he lives in Florida. But as he explained to Hartle, he'll only do so under specific circumstances.

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Adam Hartle.
"I will not promote it, because I don't think people should smoke," he notes. "So I'll only take one puff, and I'm going to say, 'I don't think this is something you should do.' If you want to do it and you're an adult, you should have every right to do it. But it's not a benign substance; it's not something you can say, 'There's no possible harmful effect.' So I'm not going to be pushing it."

Does Tancredo believe that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol, as the Amendment 64 campaign repeatedly stressed? "From what I've seen, yes," he allows. "I know that no one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. But other harmful effects are probably there, and I don't want to be in the position of making a commercial for marijuana."

What if Tancredo actually enjoys that puff? He isn't willing to go there. "I never thought this was going to turn into a news story," he concedes. "It was probably stupid of me not to think it might, but I never did -- I never thought about the details." Nonetheless, he goes on, "I don't intend for this to be a Tom Tancredo lab-rat experiment, where people watch me for twenty minutes to see if my eyes dilate or whatever it is they do. I'm going to take a puff and make a statement and that's it. I don't want to welch on my bet, but I don't intend to sit there for however long and be filmed getting high."

Hartle, for his part, has posted a statement on his website about the bet. It reads:

Everyone is making a big deal about Congressman Tancredo and I legally smoking marijuana together soon. This is no different than if in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt sat down and had a drink with an advocate of ending prohibition the first time. As an independent, I have a lot of friends that are Democrats and Republicans, and personally I wish all politicians would sit down with the peace pipe together, in their free time, learn how to get along and do what's best for the American people -- not what's best for re-election or special interests groups. 15,000 people die each year in cartel violence, and over 800,000 non-violent Americans get a criminal record for simply recreating with a natural plant that's never killed anyone and is healthier than alcohol. I encourage everyone to learn more about the failure of marijuana prohibition and look forward to sitting down with my friend Tom and burnin' one down for peace :)
Regarding Hartle's IndieGoGo page, which seeks donations for the completion of his A64 movie, it hasn't experienced a financial windfall since the Tancredo connection broke. Yesterday, $601 had been pledged toward a goal of $40,000. At this writing, the total stands at $687, with 57 days to go.

Continue for our previous coverage of Tom Tancredo's joint promise, including the video.


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22 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I heard he promised to blow a guy if gays 'won' the 'right' to wed, as well ....

He NEEDS to 'Put Up OR Shut Up !'

Fucking Politicians .........

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another disappeared comment

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

Tancredo should light up on TV and announce his intention to run for president. That would knock out the prohibitionist Hillary Clinton on day one.

Karen Trujillo
Karen Trujillo

I have, also, been a supporter of Tom Tancredo, so I am already aware of his stance on the issue!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tom Tancretin = Colorado's Glenn Beck


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I'll happily roll one for him once he's 'ready' ...

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

The word 'Pot' is derogatory? Never heard that one before... Personally, I would love to see someone like Sean Hannity dabbing the night away. Now that would be surreal.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

DO YOU USE THE TERM NIGGER? HELL..O the term POT IS DEROGATORY and YOU..WESTWORD ARE PERPETUATING the OPPRESSION of the MARIJUANA minority COMMUNITY!

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Anyone that works in the gd federal govt

Gabriel Black Elk
Gabriel Black Elk

I would love to see bill clinton take that hit that he didnt inhale!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Karen Trujillo ... you look crazy enough to be, and shameless enough to declare so in public.

Congrats.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... your meds are out of balance again.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Gabriel Black Elk ... and Monica didn't swallow

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Ben Trayvon Reel  

Backed up  &  repeat ....

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