Indiana GOP governor admits he smoked marijuana in college
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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) on Wednesday acknowledged he smoked marijuana in college while voicing opposition to legalization. 

Holcomb made the admission while speaking during a press conference about efforts to loosen restrictions on marijuana in the state, according to the Indianapolis Star. Holcomb said he would remain opposed to marijuana legalization until federal law is altered. 

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"If the law changed, we would look at all the positive or adverse impacts it would have," Holcomb, who graduated from Hanover College in Indiana, said. "I'm not convinced other states have made a wise decision."

Multiple bills related to marijuana were filed in Indiana's General Assembly earlier this year. But none of them received a hearing, The Star noted. 

Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas has led initiatives to legalize marijuana. He filed bills to decriminalize possession of low levels of weed and to legalize medical marijuana use. 

Lucas, an outspoken proponent of marijuana, said last year at a legislative study committee that he tried as much weed as possible when he was in Colorado to see if it was dangerous, according to the Star. 

 “[It was the] best night sleep I’ve ever had,” he said. 

Holcomb joked on Wednesday that he was "wasn't as happy as [Lucas] is" when trying marijuana. 

The comments from Holcomb come as more states ease laws about marijuana use, and as Americans become more open to legalizing the drug for medical and recreational purposes.

Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Samantha Bee slams 2020 Democrats who go on Fox News Poll: Harris, Warren climb as Biden maintains lead MORE (D-Minn.) and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE (D-N.J.), have voiced support for full legalization of marijuana. 

Ten states allow adults over 21 to legally use recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and Washington, D.C.