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Arnold Schwartzenegger: Cannabis is not a drug

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Arnold Schwartzenegger: Cannabis is not a drug
29 October, 2007

MARIJUANA is not a drug, according to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The ex-film star was pictured smoking it in ’70s bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.

But Arnie – now California’s governor – said in an interview with mag GQ: “I didn’t take any drugs.”

Told that he had admitted to smoking marijuana, he replied: “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.

“My drug was pumping iron, trust me.”

He also refused to condemn politicians who took drugs and said it was not necessarily a matter of public interest.

Austrian Arnie, 60, said he rated Tony Blair as one of history’s greatest leaders – with Nelson Mandela, John F Kennedy and Mikhail Gorbachev.

He cannot stand for the US Presidency as he was not born in the States. But if the law changed, “then I would go for it.”

Tolkien’s relative bad Hobbit
28 November, 2007

THE great-grandson of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien was ordered to pay more than £3,000 yesterday for possession of cannabis.

Piers Crombleholme, 27, was said to be “steeped in the drug culture”.

He admitted growing 39 cannabis plants at his shop selling knives and guns in Dudley, West Midlands, but said it was for his personal use.

Crombleholme was also given an 18-month community order and told to attend rehab.

Judge Michael Challinor told him: “You are steeped in the drug culture and need help to be brought away from it.

“You were in receipt of a trust fund from your relative’s literary career and have been given a golden opportunity to run your own business.

“I therefore need to take steps to turn you away from this lifestyle.”

Judge Challinor also criticised Crombleholme for selling books showing how to grow cannabis.

Earlier, the author’s relative had been cleared at Wolverhampton Crown Court of dealing drugs.

Crombleholme said he had no need to sell them because he had more than £100,000 from the Tolkien Trust.