Matt Laslo, a freelance journalist in Washington who runs a website that manages to combine his two areas of expertise – politics and beer – has elicited the perhaps not-so-surprising admission from Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh that he smokes pot.
Laslo is embarked on a mission to interview politicians at their local pub or brewery. He recently sat down with North Carolina’s Haugh for a chat over a couple glasses at Triangle Brewing Co. in Durham. Discussion turned toward legalizing drugs – Haugh favors it across the board – and whether he has smoked marijuana during the campaign.
“I actually do,” Haugh says. “This is the first time I’ve ever admitted it to anybody, but this is the first time anybody’s asked me directly.”
Haugh said he suffers from arthritis. “But I don’t have arthritis pain, thanks to that,” he adds. He said he also has carpal tunnel syndrome, but “it doesn’t hurt.”
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Asked about it on Monday, Haugh emailed Dome:
“I just don’t see it as a big deal. I wish everyone whose lives have been ruined by this insane war on drugs had the same luxury.”
In recent surveys, Haugh has polled from 2 to 7 percent. He is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, and Republican challenger Thom Tillis.
Conservative-funded Internet ads aimed at siphoning votes from Hagan have urged voters to vote for the Libertarian if they favor “more weed, less war.”
Personal use of a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor in North Carolina.