Tom Tancredo was so convinced that Amendment 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana, would not pass in Colorado, Tom Tancredo-- the man who could never have guessed that enough people actually like to smoke weed without fear of being arrested, made a bet that if it did pass, he would
pleasure Tommy Chong using only his mouth take a hit off the sweetest cheeba in all the land! and call that "losing a bet."
I'm embellishing a little bit, of course, but Tom Tancredo wanted the country to know that he's still alive and has reconsidered his stance on "puff-puff pass."
In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Tancredo wanted everyone to know that he is a welsher, yes, but he's doing it for all the kids who look up to him and who have long since moved on from smoking pot since they swallowed all the bath salts in the house:
I supported the passage of amendment 64 here in Colorado (legalizing small amounts of marijuana). I believed, and still do, that although I have never smoked pot, the government has no right to tell an adult that he or she cannot do so. I also wanted to stop funding the cartels. I must admit, however, I was surprised that it passed. In fact I had made a bet with a fellow who was doing a documentary about the campaign, that it would not pass. If it did, I said I would smoke (or at least take a puff from) a marijuana cigarette. I would also explain my actions were a result of a bet and not because I was condoning the use of marijuana - because I do not.
Well this apparently has become a national story and I have received a great deal of mail about it. I have also received quite a reaction from my family. I am especially concerned that the publicity may cause my grandkids to have to justify my actions to their peers and afraid that no matter how many times I say I am NOT condoning the use of marijuana, that that message will not get through. My grandchildren are extremely precious to me and I would never want to do anything that puts them in a difficult situation. Therefore I have told the film's producer that I will have to welsh on my bet.
Of course now that Tom Tancredo has declared his abstinence from smoking pot, this will only make it more popular with the kids today with their text-messaging, and their energy drinks, and their Top 40 radio who are just trying to relieve the stress of surviving another school day without getting shot in America.
Well played, sir.
(h/t Raw Story)