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Would legislators smoke it?

January 18. 2014 11:27PM

Most lawmakers interviewed last week about their votes on House Bill 492 said they would not use marijuana if it were legalized.

"Golly, I'm having enough trouble keeping the brain cells I have," Tara Sad, D-Walpole, said with a laugh.

And Frank Sapareto, R-Derry, quipped, "I'll admit I didn't exhale in college."

He said he wouldn't rule out using marijuana medicinally if he ever had to, for pain management, for instance. But he said he's "not a smoker."

Carol McGuire, R-Epsom, said she wouldn't expect to use it. "I was in college at the right time, and I tried it and didn't like it, and never saw the reason to do much with it afterwards," she said.

Donna Schlachman, D-Exeter, said she wouldn't use it either. "I'm a product of the '60s. Did I smoke pot in college? A little bit, but no, I have no interest in it whatsoever."

And Suzanne Smith, D-Hebron, said, "Probably not."

"Been there, done that."

Larry Gagne, R-Manchester, said he tried pot once with friends "a couple decades ago," and said "it did nothing for me."

"All it did was it made me tired," he said. "I said, 'You guys paid good money for this? I'll stick to my Scotch.'"

Priscilla Lockwood, R-Canterbury, said she never tried marijuana, although she had friends who did so. She has wondered whether it would help her headaches.

If it were legal? "I wouldn't be averse to trying it," she said.

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