Former Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a new row after claiming that marijuana is not a drug.
The Terminator star turned governor of the state of California, which was recently devastated by a spate of wildfires, admitted to smoking and inhaling the drug but insisted: ‘I didn’t take any drugs…it’s a leaf’.
But in an interview with former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, he told GQ magazine: “I didn’t take any drugs.”
But when told that he had admitted to smoking marijuana, Schwarzenegger replied: “That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.”
He added: “My drug was pumping iron, trust me.”
The Terminator star also refused to condemn politicians who took class A drugs.
In a pointed reference to former US president Bill Clinton who claimed never to have inhaled, he said: “I did smoke a joint and I did inhale. The bottom line is that’s what it was in the Seventies, that’s what I did. I have never touched it since.”
“What would you rather have? A politician taking stuff and not saying, but making the best decisions and improving things?
He asked “Or a politician who names all the drugs he or she has taken but makes lousy decisions for the country?”