Former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo (Republican/Constitution Party) made a promise last year that if Amendment 64 passed — the marijuana legalization initiative — he’d roll up a doobie and giggle all Tommy Tanchongo on us:
“Look, I made a bet with the producer of the film that if Amendment 64 passed (I did not think it would) that I would smoke pot,” he said through his research and education institute, the Rocky Mountain Foundation. “I will therefore smoke pot under circumstances we both agree are legal under Colorado law. Hey, it’s better than having to do a stupid dance as (Denver) Mayor (Michael) Hancock must perform as a result of losing a bet on the Broncos beating the Ravens.
The promise was apparently only half-hearted, because after some cajoling from his wife he’s now doing the politician thing and saying it’s not going to happen:
Tom Tancredo has just said “no.”
Under pressure from his wife and grandchildren, the former GOP congressman will renege on a public pledge to smoke marijuana, which he made after losing a bet on Colorado’s pot-legalization initiative on Election Day.
Tancredo, a conservative Republican who has been out of Congress since 2009, supported Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in his home state when it passed on election day. Tancredo said he had never smoked marijuana and that he did not condone its use, but argued that the government shouldn’t tell adults what they can or can’t ingest.
The former congressman never thought it would pass. “I thought it would take at least one more time around to do it,” Tancredo told ABC News last week. He made a bet with film producer Adam Hartle, who was in Colorado to make a film on the pot measure, agreeing to smoke marijuana if it became legal.
Recently, Tancredo said he would make good on the bet, agreeing to inhale “just a puff” with Hartle, leaving the filmmaker to handle the marijuana procurement. On Friday, he even suggested Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper should join in.
But that made a lot of people unhappy, including Tancredo’s family, and now the former congressman says he won’t do it.
“My wife is absolutely-she’s pissed,” Tancredo told ABC News last week. “Oh man, she is not happy.”
Also upset were his grandkids (really? that part is surprising).
To temper the wimping out, Tancredo has fully acknowledged that marijuana is a state’s rights issue and that the nanny state is a threat to individual liberties.
“My conservative friends just believe what I’m doing is encouraging people to smoke it,” Tancredo said. “I don’t think people should. That decision is up to an individual. An adult, in this society, is not something the government should have any control over.”
All in all, good on Tancredo for having the cajones to finally come around to libertarian principles on individual choice, but we’re more than a tad disappointed he’s only latching on to the issue after the battle is already won.
For his support, we give him honorary dreadlock status — which means very little because he merely ends up looking like a sober white guy acting like a poser at a Phish concert.