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On This Day in History: Bill Clinton Admits to Smoking Marijuana

On This Day in History: Bill Clinton Admits to Smoking Marijuana

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On March 29, 1992, U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton acknowledged experimenting with marijuana “a time or two” while attending Oxford University in England.

As 20-something Rhodes Scholar at the university, then-Arkansas Governor said: “I didn’t like it.”

He added: “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again.”

Clinton made his astounding confession during a local television interview in Manhattan.

During the interview, Clinton was asked if his acknowledgment would hurt him. He replied: “Absolutely not. Other politicians have made this admission. This was part of candor. And it didn’t hurt them, and it’s not going to hurt me.”

It has been speculated that every U.S. president since 1993, with the exception of the current President Donald Trump has smoked marijuana.

The former Democratic President Barack Obama also said: “When I was a kid, I inhaled, frequently. That was the point.”

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Even former Republican President George W. Bush was close enough to admit his marijuana use. He told his biographer: “I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

Marijuana continues to be illegal on a federal level in the United States. There are, however, 29 U.S. states where medical marijuana is legal including Arkansas, which it became legal in 2016. 

There are about nine states where recreational marijuana is legal, a far cry from Clinton’s time.

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