Bill Clinton has clearly been evolving on the issue of marijuana while out of office. In a Meet the Press interview Clinton acknowledge there is real evidence behind medical marijuana and supports letting states experiment with reform. From Meet the Press:
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Rocky Mountain high? Look, I think there’s a lot of evidence to argue for the medical marijuana thing. I think there are a lot of unresolved questions.
But I think we should leave it to the states. This really is a time when there should be laboratories of democracy because nobody really knows where this is going. Are there adequate quality controls? There’s pot and there’s pot; what’s in it? What’s going to happen? There are all these questions. And I think that, unlike where it is now, if the state wants to try it, they can. And then they’ll be able to see what happens.
This isn’t just noteworthy because Bill Clinton is a former president. He is also the top surrogate for his wife and 2016 Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton. Bill is a naturally very skilled politician so it is unlikely he would opine about a big issue unless it was mostly inline with the position of his wife’s unofficial campaign.
When combined with Hillary Clinton’s “wait and see” statement about Colorado’s marijuana legalization law, it would seem the Clintons have realized the politic winds on marijuana reform have clearly shift and they are consciously slowly moving to be more inline with the general public.
Already a clear majority of Americans support marijuana legalization and a super majority support letting states set their own marijuana policies without federal interference. The support for these position is likely to continue to grow over the next two years.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy