Ted Cruz made a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Kimmel asked the Republican presidential candidate a series of "random questions" to (hopefully) throw him off his talking points. Cruz delivered a couple of great anecdotes about two concerts he attended as a young man - and both have cannabis connections.
"I will tell you a concert you will be amused I went to," Cruz tells Kimmel, "Pink Floyd, [which] I saw senior year in the Astrodome. Two or three seats down from me was a police officer smoking a joint. Holding a roach clip smoking a joint. I was 17 at the time and he was in uniform. I just shook my head and said, 'well it's Floyd.' "
Perhaps that formed the basis of his live-and-let-live attitude toward cannabis - at least as far as states' rights goes, anyway. In Colorado on the weekend, he repeated his stated position on legalization. He said he would personally vote against it in his home state of Texas, but was fine with other states making their own decisions. "The people of Colorado have made a different decision. I respect that decision," he said.
"Well, it's Colorado," he might as well have said.
That Pink Floyd concert was actually the second concert that Cruz talked about with Kimmel, who first asked Cruz about the first one he remembers attending. And that would be Men At Work in junior high, with his mom. "My mother insisted on going, and it was the tamest concert on earth...the perfect concert to bring your mom too. And we were up high," said Cruz.
He has one memory stands out from that show. At one point, his mother looked down in the stands and commented on a person with long hair who "looked really attractive."
"She turned around, and had a big moustache," he tells Kimmel. "My mother was astonished."
Well, that show may have held some appeal for the "hippies" that would be out of place in Cruz's world. After all, these are the opening lines to their hit song, "Down Under":
Traveling in a fried-out Kombi
On a hippie trail, head full of zombie
And so is the entire conversation between Kimmel and Cruz, which includes the would-be president talking about hot yoga, and admiring Kimmel's beard. The chat about the concerts starts at the two-minute mark: