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Hillary Clinton Changes Her Tune on Marijuana Policy

Her change of heart mirrors that of the Democratic Party.
 
 
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The following first appeared on the Marijuana Policy Project Blog

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems to have changed her mind when it comes to marijuana policy,  according to  National Journal. Clinton had  previously expressed that she did not want marijuana decriminalized, but thought research ought to be done into its benefits. On Tuesday, she appeared to be more acquiescent to a change in the law. Clinton called for more research to be done, without doubting the medical benefits. Hillary stopped short of making an endorsement, saying, “I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes. I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet.”

When she came to the issue of whether it should be legal for adults to use, Clinton said that states like Colorado and Washington have already reformed and that they are “laboratories of democracy.” Clinton claims to be holding out on forming her opinion until she has the evidence from the two states. Her change of heart mirrors that of the Democratic Party, which, as of late, has become more amenable to the case for making marijuana legal for adults to use, medically or otherwise.

Ryan Smith is a Chicago-based freelance journalist and a regular contributor to Chicago Tribune's RedEye, The Onion AV Club's Gameological Society, and RedBullUSA.com.