Updated Jun 19, 2012 - 6:18 pm
Meghan McCain: I was honest about pot smoking
As some people take shots at Meghan McCain admitting to smoking pot, she countered with a rare tactic in the political world on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos Show: honesty.
"I have on occasion," said McCain of her experiences with smoking marijuana. "Which is not a lie. In my life, I have on occasion. Not often, not terribly often at all -- almost never -- because I shouldn't lie."
The daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain said she had smoked marijuana on the Wendy Williams Show on Monday.
McCain compared the regulation of marijuana to Prohibition, when alcohol was illegal in the United States.
"[Smoking marijuana] is going on everywhere anyway and if it were regulated, then teenagers wouldn't be able to get their hands on it as easily," she said.
McCain said that, while traveling for her new book America, You Sexy Bitch, she and co-author Michael Ian Black smoked marijuana in New Orleans.
Though she stuck to her political beliefs being those of a Republican, McCain said that her views on the legalization are along the lines of a Libertarian.
"A lot of people I know smoke weed," said McCain. "A lot. And they said they would rather have it taxed and regulated and decriminalized for lots of reasons."
McCain said she did not expect the entire marijuana smoking issue to take off the way it has.
"All of a sudden it has turned into this huge thing," she said. "People are saying that it reflects on my character as a woman in America and that it's a moral issue, which I've been shocked about."
McCain said she thinks the taxation of marijuana would bring in "hundreds of millions" to the American economy and the criminal system would save money by not prosecuting people who smoke marijuana.