Live TV: NORML Board Member Asks Clinton About Legalization


On April 21, 2016, Hillary Clinton appeared on Good Morning America’s live town hall, an event where Clinton answered questions from ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, as well as questions from audience members.

Clinton answered questions regarding young voters, financial transparency and criminal records, as well as a question about legalizing marijuana.

“I want to know if marijuana legalization was on the ballot in your state, if you’d vote yes or no,” said Evan Nison, a board member of NORML and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

“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 I, which you understand means that you can’t do any research about it, you can’t do anything, and I think that’s wrong,” Clinton said.

According to Clinton, “We have enough anecdotal evidence, as you well know, being a member of the NORML 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 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,” Clinton added.

When Clinton paused after answering, Nison snuck in one more question.

“What if it was a similar industry to Colorado’s right now, a similar situation to what Colorado has?” Nison stated.

“I want 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,” Clinton said. “Let’s be really smart about this and acquire the evidence and then make the best decisions.”

You can watch Clinton’s full answer below.

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