St. Louis Aldermen Admit They Used To Get High

A funny thing happened on the day they finalized the language on a bill softening the city penalty for pot in St. Louis, Missouri: Several members of the board of aldermen admitted they had a history with marijuana.

Just after the board approved a measure -- backed by the Circuit Attorney's office -- which calls for traffic ticket-like penalties for those caught with small amounts of pot, local News Radio KMOX asked aldermen in the reefer room, I mean coffee room, whether they'd ever gotten high in their younger days.

img_0147"Absolutely," admitted Alderman Fred Wessels. "I think I was in the Army in Kan sas, and then later was in Vietnam and it was available over there as well."

Alderwoman Lyda Krewson also said she'd experimented with pot. "Many, many years ago," she said. "I didn't get into it, so I didn't have to get out of it. I just tried it."

"I'm not going to lie," said Alderman Larry Arnowitz. "I've smoked it in my younger days."

Other alderman owning up to pot use in the past included Steve Conway, Antonio French, Joe Roddy, Joe Vaccaro and Frank Williamson.

None of them would endorse pot-smoking, and none of them would even come out and favor decriminalization.

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