In honor of 4/20, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) submitted to an "ask me anything" session with Reddit users on the "trees" forum, which describes itself as the "go-to subreddit for anything and everything marijuana."
There isn't much news value in the transcript, but there are a few laughs. The questions are as incisive as you might expect from the Reddit crowd:
"Are you blazing it today?"
"Where is the best, legal place to enjoy trees in Portland?"
And, "I would really like to run for public office as of right now I am 28 and a senior in high school, what can I do to start?"
Sadly, Blumenauer deigned not to respond to any of those probing queries. But he did reply to "DetectiveSnowglobe," who asked "Hey hey hey, should I smoke weed every day?"
"The beauty of our movement is individual choice, as long as you're 21 or older," Blumenauer replied.
Asked if he'd "rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?" Blumenauer responded, "As an Oregonian, I would never root against Ducks."
The latter question came from "proud Portland[er]" and cannabis industry employee, "z3phyr13," who also asked "how do you plan to 'go to bat' for Oregon should [U.S. Attorney General] Jeff Sessions try to intervene in Oregon's recreational marijuana industry?" The co-founder of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus was ready for that one:
An earnestly affecting exchange took place with "stonedhillbilly," who wrote of losing a child in a car crash caused by a distracted driver.
Of course, someone asked the longtime Oregon Congressman if he smoked weed. "No," he replied, adding that even if he did, "I don't think it matters to my constituents."
Update 7:09 pm: The Oregonian, which is majority-owned by the same company that owns Reddit, reports that Blumenauer's interlocutors included Snoop Lion, who asked what "celebs [can] do to use their voice to support legalization?"
"Snoop," Blumenauer replied, "you have already done more than you know for this effort."