- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina says he smokes marijuana and receives therapeutic benefits from using a drug still considered unlawful in the state.

Sean Haugh of Durham acknowledged marijuana use during a recent video interview posted on the website of a Washington-based reporter who looks at beer and politics. Haugh is running against Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican nominee Thom Tillis.

Haugh made the comments after reporter Matt Laslo asked him if he had smoked marijuana during the campaign. Haugh says “I actually do” and that the use eases arthritis and carpal tunnel pain.

Haugh didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment late Monday. The liberalization of drug laws is part of his platform, as other Libertarians support.

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