This is John Kerry on drugs [zombienote: I found this searching for news this morning. As this is the most bitter presidential campaign any living American has seen, the GOP Echo Chamber is already in high gear with anti-Kerry mudslinging. In this article, excerpted to highlight Kerry's past assertions about smoking pot, Kerry is presented as unapologetic and states clearly he "liked it"...but hasn't touched it since 1972. Elsewhere in the media it is easy to find statements where Kerry waffles severely on the issue. He can say he liked smoking pot yet still support the multi-billion-dollar federal war against it - and you and me. Personally, I have no idea what really to think of John Kerry: he does seem as wishy washy as politicians get, but he can also "tell it like it is". Poor old Bill Clinton could be a Rhodes scholar, a lawyer and professor of law, but would ask us to believe he didn't know how to "work a bong". Kerry can unabashedly say he liked pot and not offer much of an apology (other than he hasn't "touched it" in 32 years). Kerry, like every other Democrat, has the opportunity to simply wail on the GOP with the issue of cannabis reform. The GOP has no maneuvering room, having painted themselves into a corner with thier marijuana hate speech. All they can do is spout reeefer madness. (Unless one of them gets cancer, then they can talk a little bit about medical marijuana, at the risk of being savaged by their own kind.) I have seen statements from Kerry in the past both indicating he would support medical marijuana, and that he would not support it. Like most politicians he seems to be more focused on saying the right thing over and above DOING the right thing. As you read below you will find he contradicts this statement in his recent book, which is excerpted below. Kerry can and needs to fully endorse medical cannabis, he needs to stand up and say that the Federal War on Marijauna should be ended, that it is a war against our neighbors and our families, not faceless terrorists or criminals. He is already being smeared day and night by the GOP: he has nothing to lose and tens of millions of votes to gain.] From: The Condensed John Kerry Here's all you need to know about that book on Kerry in Vietnam. Slate | Posted Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at 3:48 PM PT By Chris Suellentrop ********* Page 69: "Kerry harbored a fundamental skepticism for the counterculture in general, and its enthusiasm for illicit drugs in particular." Page 267: The Doors were Kerry's favorite band, "and he would blast 'Light My Fire' and 'Love Me Two Times' while patrolling the Delta rivers. … Kerry, however, never touched drugs in Vietnam. 'I like the lyrical intensity of The Doors,' he explained. 'Morrison was a poet, in my opinion. The drug part didn't interest me.' " Page 407: After the war, Kerry decides to loosen up a little. "Occasionally during his travels around America in 1971, usually with either Julia or a fellow veteran, Kerry had smoked marijuana. … He never smoked pot while at Yale or in the Navy. But during his stint as a leader of VVAW, he occasionally indulged. 'Yeah, I smoked pot when I came home from Vietnam,' Kerry noted in a 2003 interview. 'I didn't mind getting high. I certainly enjoyed it. But I didn't like the out-of-control component. I like being alert. So I tried it a few times, but I didn't touch it after 1972.' "