Bill Clinton: There Is ‘A Lot of Evidence’ for Legalizing Marijuana

Back in '92 when he was running for president, Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked pot in college. In what became a running national joke, he famously  answered that he'd tried it but he "did not inhale." The political climate surrounding the infamous herb has changed drastically since then, and even the former president himself is singing a new tune about cannabis. 

NBC's David Gregory asked Clinton during a recent interview at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Colorado whether he thought it was time to "give pot a chance." Clinton came back with some comedy:

"Rocky Mountain high?" he said. “Look, I think there’s a lot of evidence to argue for the medical marijuana thing. ... I think there are a lot of unresolved questions, but I think we should leave it to the states, if there really is a time when there should be laboratories of democracy because nobody really knows where this is going."

He continued,

“Are there adequate quality controls? There’s pot and then there’s pot. What’s in it? ... There’s all these questions, and I think that I like where it is now. If a state wants to try it, they can. And then they’ll be able to see what happens.”

Watch the video below from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast June 29, 2014:



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