Hilary Clinton's Views On
Hilary Clinton announced via Twitter that she will be the democrat runner-up in the 2016 Presidential election. But, how does the former secretary of state feel about marijuana, recreational and medicinal?
In 2007, Hilary was a firm believer that marijuana should not be decriminalized. Back in 2011 when she held the title as secretary of state, Clinton was asked about whether legalization would reduce drug cartel violence. She replied, "It is not likely to work. There is just too much money in it, and I don't think that you can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped. They can't be given an even easier road to take, because they will then find it in their interest to addict even more young people. Mexico didn’t have much of a drug problem before the last 10 years, and you want to keep it that way. So you don't want to give any excuse to the drug traffickers to be able legally to addict young people."
However, it seems as if her views have changed since then. She was more recently quoted 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, although I think for people who are in extreme medical conditions and who have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances." When it comes to recreational use, she says, "You know, states are the laboratories of democracy. We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is."