Arnold Schwarzenegger has claimed that no one cares if people smoke marijuana in an interview on a popular US chat show.
The Hollywood actor, who became Governor of California in 2003, signed a law five weeks ago which enabled those people in possession of up to an ounce of marijuana to escape with a $100 (£62) fine and not be arrested or receive a criminal record.
He defended the law in a TV interview, telling host Jay Leno on NBC television's Tonight Show it was a good idea.
According to a transcript of the interview, Schwarzenegger said: "No one cares if you smoke a joint or not."
On election day, voters rejected a further initiative that would have allowed adults aged 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.
The governor, who steps down from office in January, told Mr Leno the ballot proposal went too far.
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