Presidential candidates admitting to working with marijuana is no longer as taboo as it was almost 30 years ago when then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton told MTV that whilst studying as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford in England he “experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale it, and by no means attempted it once more.” The somewhat evasive answer became a punchline for years.
But, instances have changed. Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have admitted to drug use in their previous, and now so does Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg. The South Bend mayor stated whilst touring a legal marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas this week that he feels it is time for the federal government to legalize marijuana and expunge marijuana convictions that have disproportionately impacted minorities and ruined lives. Buttigieg says he employed the drug “a handful of instances a extended time ago,” but didn’t give any particulars. He added there is “case just after case exactly where a sentence has carried out additional harm than the offense it was intended to deal with.
Buttigieg says any modify should really be carried out by Congress and not by a Presidential order, so “that this is not the whim of a President.”
Buttigieg says persons nonetheless have an image of the marijuana sector primarily based on outdated stereotypes. He compared the tidy dispensary he toured to an Apple shop.
The Related Press contributed to this report.