Clinton, Trump Claim They Never Consumed Marijuana
Aug 08, 2016 10:30PM ● Published by Randy Robinson
Hillary Clinton told CNN that she "absolutely" never did it. Ever. And Donald Trump took it a few steps further: he says he's never had alcohol or cigarettes, either.
Is any of this true? And why does it matter?
We haven't had a cannabis-free president since 1991, when George H.W. Bush left office. It matters because our next president will either be Clinton or Trump. Who will be the voice of the 58% of Americans supporting legalization?
Our last three presidents, including our current one, smoked. If we go back to the days of the Arsenio Hall Show, Democrat Bill Clinton, Hill's hubby, said he smoked cannabis as a teen. He swears he "didn't inhale," though.
In 2008, then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama played off Bill's old line. "I inhaled frequently," Obama said to the CNN town hall's laughter. "That was kind of the point."
Even Republican George W. Bush, who served two terms between Bill and Barack, confessed to smoking marijuana when he was younger.
Will Hillary or The Don be friendly toward the legal cannabis industry? Both candidates have cautioned against legalizing recreational use without more research. But both candidates, surprisingly, support medical use.
Either way, it's difficult to steer people away from cannabis simply because it may undermine an individual's success: at least three presidents partook, and a number of our Founding Fathers grew hemp.
Hillary Clinton on medical marijuana, 2016.