Marijuana Mishap: German Politician Inhales on Live TV
Smoking a joint on live television is tough to deny. But that is the predicament that one German politician finds himself in after he took a drag off a joint during a late-night talk show on Thursday night. He says he didn't believe that it was real marijuana, but the show's host says it was.
US President Bill Clinton, famously, didn't inhale -- at least that's what he said. But even as most of the country assumed he was not being entirely forthcoming about his possible marijuana consumption, there was no way to check. There was no proof.
On Thursday evening, Lindner was a guest on Benjamin von Stuckrad Barre's talk show, "Stuckrad Late Night," when the host produced what he said was a joint. Lindner grabbed it to have a sniff and suggested that it wasn't real. Barre urged him to test it -- which he then did on a balcony outside the studio, on camera.
"I took a drag to refute the host's claim that it was a real joint," Lindner told mass-circulation tabloid Bild. "I don't know what it really was, but I didn't feel any intoxicating effect."
Both the show's production company and Stuckrad-Barre himself have confirmed that it was indeed a real joint. "Mr. Lindner showed himself to be the ideal talk show guest," the host told Bild.
Some elements within the FDP, however, would like to see marijuana made legal. The party's youth wing distributed a statement on Friday calling for the drug to be placed on the same level as other "soft" drugs such as alcohol and nicotine.
Germany's drug commissioner Mechthild Dyckmans, likewise a member of the FDP, was not impressed however. Lindner's televised caper, she said, "sends the wrong signal."
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