Pubdate: Mon, 21 Feb 2005
Source: Toronto Sun (CN ON)
Copyright: 2005, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Brett Clarkson, Toronto Sun
Bookmark: (Cannabis)


MAYBE THE dubya stands for weed. Local cannabis advocates were buzzing 
yesterday about newly surfaced tapes that reveal a "hypocritical" George W. 
Bush admitting he tried pot.

Medicinal marijuana users and recreational tokers alike were surprised by 
the president's admission, revealed on a recording secretly made by the 
appropriately named Doug Wead, a former aide to Bush's father, George Bush Sr.

"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions," Bush says on the tape. "You 
know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."

Warren Hitzig, former director of the Toronto Compassion Centre, which 
supplies pot to hundreds of ill patients, called Bush "very hypocritical" 
for cracking down on tokers in the U.S. and pressuring Canada to get 
tougher on drugs. "It just goes to show he truly is a puppet.

"There are a lot of people who are still in prison for having possession 
(of marijuana) in the States," Hitzig said. "If the president -- who is the 
leader of the free world -- admitted that he smoked marijuana, there should 
be no reason why someone who has AIDS should have any hassles getting 
weed," Hitzig said.
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