John Kasich Really Hates Being Asked About Marijuana


Marijuana is a hot topic on voters’ minds these days, and politicians are talking about legalization more than ever before. But one presidential contender clearly dislikes being asked about cannabis.

“Because I’m running for president I should have to answer a question like that?” Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a candidate for the Republican nomination, said when asked if he’s ever smoked marijuana during an interview with WWJ Newsradio in Detroit on Tuesday.

“I mean, I did, but let me ask you this: What is the relevance of what I might have done 30 years ago? I mean, this is not what matters when we pick a president,” Kasich continued. “You know, I did smoke marijuana when I was younger. But there’s gonna be a limit to the kind of ‘gotcha’ questions I’m gonna answer as we go forward in this campaign.”

With respect to the question of legalization, Kasich said, “It is a very, very bad thing to do.”

This isn’t the first time Kasich has appeared annoyed to be asked about marijuana.

In an interview with attn: late last year, he said, “We don’t want to have a big debate about marijuana this or that because we have a giant problem in this country with drug addiction, and I don’t want to send a confusing message, particularly to people like my young daughters about, ‘some of this is right and some of this is wrong.’ I think it’s all wrong.”

Cutting off a follow-up question from the interviewer, Kasich waved his hands in the air and said, “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

Michigan’s presidential primary is being held Tuesday, and WWJ also had the chance to ask Kasich opponent Donald Trump about marijuana.

“I never have smoked it,” Trump said without any hint of annoyance about being asked. On the policy issues at play, legalization has “got to be a state decision,” he said. “Colorado did it as you know and I guess it’s very mixed right now, they haven’t really made a final determination. There seems to be certain health problems with it and that would be certainly bothersome.”

But Trump voiced strong support for medical cannabis. “I do like it, you know, from a medical standpoint. Because people are saying from a medical standpoint it does do pretty good things. But from the other standpoint, I think that should be up to the states… Certainly, from a medical standpoint, a lot of people are liking it.”

To see what else Kasich, Trump and other presidential contenders have said about marijuana, check out’s comprehensive guide to the candidates.

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Tom Angell covers policy and politics for Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit organization Marijuana Majority, which works to ensure that elected officials and the media treat legalization as a serious, mainstream issue. Marijuana Majority led the effort to get the U.S. Conference of Mayors to pass a resolution telling the federal government to respect state marijuana laws, and orchestrated the first-ever endorsement for marijuana legalization by a U.S. Supreme Court justice (John Paul Stevens). Previously, Tom worked for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (All organizations are listed for identification purposes only.)


  1. If Kasich smoked weed when he was “younger”, I’d be interested to hear why he quit, especially since he’s taken such a hardline stance against it. .Worse yet, he becomes “annoyed” when asked a legitimate question about marijuana while people are still losing their jobs, reputations and being imprisoned due to our government’s big lie of 1937. It’s disturbing that he seems to be the most RATIONAL (!) of the Republican candidates, but what can we really expect when presidential debates feature insults and “dick” jokes? What did we want— a real discussion of the issues? Sorry. but both sides turn up “short” in showing any interest in “We, The People”.

  2. Kasich doesn’t seem to realize the world has changed,like most republicans he seem to long for some nonexistant good old days. Wake up governor smell the flowers and open your mind.

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