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Clinton Dodges On Marijuana Legalization

- April 21, 2016

Clinton Dodges On Marijuana Legalization

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Clinton Dodges On Question Of Marijuana Legalization At GMA Town Hall. QUESTION: "I'm the youngest member of the board of Normal, the national organization for the reform of marijuana laws and also on the board for students for a sensible drug policy. I know you said in the past you'd respect the will of the voters to legalize marijuana, but I want to know if marijuana legalization was on the ballot in your state if you'd vote yes or no." HILLARY CLINTON: "I think I would have to study that more to see how it was phrased because it's been phrased differently in different states, but I will tell you what I will do as president. I've said I want to move marijuana off of schedule one, which you understand means that you can't do any research about it. You can't do anything and I think that's wrong. We have enough anecdotal evidence as you well know being a member of the Normal board about what marijuana can do for medical conditions, easing pain, and we need to be doing research on it because I am 100% in favor of medical uses for marijuana, but I want to know what the evidence is. I'm also someone who believes that the states can be those laboratories of democracy, so I'm watching carefully what's happening in the states that have legalized it to learn from them so we can base the best policy on that." QUESTION: "What if it was a similar industry to Colorado's right now, a similar situation to what Colorado has." CLINTON: "I'm going to wait and see what we learn from what's happening in Colorado and the other states that have gone the whole route toward absolute legalization, and I'm also watching the many other states that have done medical marijuana referenda or laws because in the medical arena. If you're taking several different medications and you put marijuana on top of that we need to know what's the interaction. What's the effects? What are the best uses? And so let's be really smart about this and acquire the evidence and then make the best decisions." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Good Morning America Town Hall, New York, NY, 4/21/16)


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