LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said no one cares if you smoke a joint.

The Hollywood actor-turned-governor signed a law five weeks ago that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana the equivalent of a traffic ticket. It carries a penalty of no more than a $100 fine and no arrest or criminal record.

He defended the law Monday, telling Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show” it is a good idea.

According to a transcript of the interview, Schwarzenegger said: “No one cares if you smoke a joint or not.”

On Election Day, voters rejected an initiative that would have allowed adults age 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

The governor, who is wrapping up his final term, told Leno the ballot proposal went too far.

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Comments (10)
  1. td says:

    What a frickin’ shame.. It is a drug that is a bunch whooie.. Medicinal my butt.. What a joke, Hey you get high off of it, it does not relieve pain.. That’s it… You get high and don’t care about stuff bothering you.. Good idea self medicate..

    1. B says:

      Doesn’t relieve pain? Tell that to hundreds of thousands of people that rely on it for safe, chemical-free medication. Oh, and you’re an idiot.

    2. jojo says:

      you poor little fayget

  2. blitz says:

    it relieve pain check your fact.However there is scientific study that tend to prove that there is a link with schizophrenia.So until this is cleared I am completely against this law.

    1. td says:

      Hey I spoked the best in the past and hurt my back guess what … It does relieve pain.. You just so stoned you don’t think about it as much.. Plain and simple it is just another drug out there to self medicate. It may not be physically addictive, but it is addictive just like cigarettes. People who smoke loose there ambition to go and do anything and actually be active in life.. I know I was one until I woke up.

      1. nick says:

        God your an idiot!

    2. Jerry Cofer says:

      They found that there was no evidence that schizophrenia was caused by cannabis use, they just discovered that alot of people that had schizophrenia happen to find cannabis as a cure for their ailments, and used it to self medicate.

      Strange how at first they thought, well it must be the cause! idiots! it was the cure.. didn’t you notice it was when you took them away from it that their schizophrenia came back, unless you gave them some other psychoactive drug.. but then your just switching the guy from cannabis as a medicine to some other drug. A drug that is most times more deadly then Cannabis!

      What I believe is that God gave this substance to all of mankind, and there is no Laws which can be created nor legal enforcements created that can hinder a person’s religious exercise, or it’s a violation of those immunities created prior to any acts or legal precidents were set, which have been used unethically to create an inquisition style court setting which invades the private sovereign intellectual properties of the individual as well as the alms closet of our Gods activities which draw our sacred entheogens unto our Gods temple body.

      It is our private and sovereign, sincerity of conviction, which draws men and women to choose what religion they believe in, or to start a new religion which they believe God has called them to create.

      To deny any man their religious conviction, and the sacred announcement and possession as well as the anointing induction of the entheogen they have found God desires to draw unto His/Her own temple Body, is to blasphemy against the whole concept of “Freedom of Religion”.

      Remember, it’s not what enter’s into the temple that defiles the temple..
      And for those that are Pure.. all things are pure!
      So, let us not judge those by what they eat, or what they don’t eat.. but rather glorify that those who ate, ate unto God and those who didn’t eat, didn’t eat .. unto God.. both are justified in their sovereignty.. who war we to judge those who stand before God, knowing all judgement was had on the cross!

      This doesn’t mean we build an excuse for those who would hide their sins by using the scripture to plead for your or my forgiveness. For those who have come thru the cross.. all forgiveness has already come.. any sins we continue in we are responsible to repent for! Let us Not continue therefore in sin, for we know that it has been written in 1 John that if we continue to sin, then we prove we have not known God.. for those who have known God could never turn away from hearing the voice of the shepherd and holding to the seed that is Christ within us; willing to live still in the perfect obedience of our God and Father. Shalom and Namaste..
      Free the Seed! Spread the Word! Christ is in the Anointing!

  3. snoopy13 says:

    Am I the only one who remembers that the Governor of CA smoked pot on film in “PUMPING IRON”? Interseting that he would make a comment like that.

  4. Tom says:

    Arnie did a lot more than smoke pot! Do not forget his roids! They helped him to get big. Arnie and his friend Franco Columbu laid bricks (no contractors license or legal right to work in this country at the time) which is interesting. “Don’t do what I do – do what I say”!

  5. martis says:

    i really loved this