As Fernando points out, this feature is now available, at least post 
1.9.3-p327. Here's how I'm using it:

  request_uri=URI.parse('myurl')
  request_uri.query=URI.encode_www_form params

  output = open(request_uri, {ssl_verify_mode: 
OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_NONE})
  obj = JSON.parse output.readlines.join("")

sameer.

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