Chelsea Clinton Sparks Controversy Over Marijuana Comments

Chelsea Clinton Sparks Controversy Over Marijuana Comments

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Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, created a stir after making controversial comments about marijuana use at a town hall in Youngstown, Ohio, on Sept. 24, 2016. Clinton was responding to a question from the audience about her mother’s stance on changing the regulatory status of marijuana.

After stating that her mother supports allowing states to experiment with marijuana policy and expanding medical marijuana research, Clinton said the following:

“But we also have anecdotal evidence now from Colorado, where some of the people who were taking marijuana for those purposes, the coroner believes, after they died, there was drug interactions with other things they were taking.”

Once Clinton’s comments became public, the marijuana community lit up. High Times ran the headline, “Chelsea Clinton suggests marijuana is killing people.” Later in the day, Clinton had a spokesperson walk back her comments in a statement to The Washington Post.

“While discussing her and her mother’s support for rescheduling marijuana to allow for further study of both its medical benefits and possible interactions with other medications, Chelsea misspoke about marijuana’s interaction with other drugs contributing to specific deaths.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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