Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she supports medical marijuana “for people who are in extreme medical conditions” and wants to “wait and see” how recreational marijuana works in Colorado and Washington state.
[quote_right]”We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is”[/quote_right]
Clinton, a former secretary of state and potential Democratic candidate for president in 2016, responded to Amanpour’s question about marijuana legalization first with her thoughts on medical cannabis.
“There are younger people here who could help me understand this and answer it,” Clinton began. “At the risk of committing radical candor, I have to say 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. But I do think we need more research because we don’t know how it interacts with other drugs.”
“On recreational, states are the laboratories of democracy,” Clinton said. “We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is.”
As for trying marijuana herself, Clinton said she’ll continue to abstain.
“Absolutely not,” she said. “I didn’t do it when I was young, I’m not going to start now.”