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Which Lawmaker Admitted to Using Marijuana?

Updated: 03/04/2014 6:47 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 6:31 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The issue of medical marijuana is back on the table at the state capitol. Minnesota lawmakers passed a medical marijuana bill back in 2009, but it was vetoed by former Governor Tim Pawlenty. 

We spoke with six local lawmakers. Three members of the House, and three senators; three democrats and three republicans. I asked each of them if they've ever smoked marijuana. Their answers might surprise you.

"I'm not a smoker of any sort. I have not done it. I'm just one of those clean Jeannes. You know, frankly. I mean I'm almost kind of embarrassed to say it that way. I'm just kind of a goody two shoes," said Representative Jeanne Poppe.

"Never. Not even a cigarette," said Senator Carla Nelson.

"Oh easy, never. I smelled it once in San Francisco on a street car. And that's as close as I know I've ever been to it," said Senator Dave Senjem.

"I have never smoked marijuana," said Senator Jeremy Miller.

"Well, I have. I smoked marijuana back when I was in college. I think most people my age probably have. But that's not really the issue," said Representative Tina Liebling.

"I don't think that's relevant to the discussion and I'm not prepared to answer that," said Representative Kim Norton.

The medical marijuana issue was scheduled to be in the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee Tuesday evening. The committee was expected to vote on whether to send that bill to another committee.