VIP Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger (b. July 30, 1947 )

Former California governator and Mr. Universe encouraged the director of Pumping Iron, the documentary that launched him in Hollywood 25 years ago, to re-release it unedited — including a scene where he takes a drag off a joint. He said: “I would refuse to wipe out that record or alter it because of image's sake. That would not be true to the filmmaker.”

“I did smoke a joint and I did inhale," he said, "That's what it was in the '70s, that's what I did. I have never touched it since….As you grow up and as you become more mature, those things change. The only one that's perfect is God.” (SOURCE: Lynn Elber, Schwarzenegger Backs 'Pumping Iron' , 11/14/02, AP.)

In 1977, he told Oui magazine, "I enjoy grass and hash, no hard drugs. But the point is that I do what I feel like doing." In October 2007, he was asked by Britain's GQ about the conflict between his stance on drugs and his former drug use. "That is not a drug. It's a leaf," Schwarzenegger said of marijuana.

As governor, Schwarzenegger didn't seem to have sympathy for those who suffer arrest for what he considered harmless fun: he vetoed a bill to protect employment rights of medical marijuana users, although he did sign a bill to reduce the penalty for possession of less than an ounce from a misdemeanor to an infraction (once Prop. 19, a measure to fully legalize for adult use, was on the ballot in 2010).

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