Following a campaign appearance in Dover, New Hampshire, on October 6, 2007, Mitt Romney was confronted head-on with the issue of medical marijuana.
A member of the audience, Clayton Holton, spoke with Romney about his muscular dystrophy commenting that his doctors said he was “living proof medical marijuana works“. Romney noted that synthetic marijuana was available, but Clayton Holton related that it made him sick.
“It makes me sick. I have tried it, and it makes me throw up,” Holton said. “My question for you is will you arrest me or my doctors if I get medical marijuana.”
“I am not in favor of medical marijuana being legal in the country,” Romney said and moved on to greet other people – obviously avoiding the question. When a bystander asked Romney why he didn’t answer Holton’s question, Romney turned around and curtly replied, “I spoke with him.”
You can see the whole encounter below along with a video of Clayton Holton from around the same time telling his story.
Additionally, that same year Clayton also spoke with John McCain, and other presidential hopefuls, urging them to support medical marijuana reform. Click below to see Clayton’s encounters with presidential candidates: