Bill Clinton Didn’t Inhale — Looking Back on Politicians That Smoke Weed
We all know that some politicians smoke weed. In today’s news cycle and political climate, a confession to using cannabis is hardly significant. However, a few decades ago this was far from the case. The America of Bill Clinton was far more conservative than many of us would care to remember. We must keep this in mind as we attempt to assess and evaluate the former president’s net impact on drug laws and the cannabis rights movement. However, one simple truth must be acknowledged. Bill Clinton didn’t inhale… But he did change the landscape of how drug use among politicians is regarded.
While the war on drugs was far from over, this moment marked the beginning of a departure from the days of just say no. So what precipitated this landmark in cannabis history?
The Context Behind the Famous Comment
This iconic moment came when old Bill was in fact young Bill. The presidential hopeful was Governor of Arkansas as well as the Democrat’s charismatic, political animal, and their last hope to defeat George Bush Senior.
On the campaign trail, the then-aspiring presidential candidate was making the rounds of the media circus. During one interview on a morning talk show, Bill Clinton was asked a pointed question regarding whether or not he had ever broken the law. He stated that as a young Oxford scholar, he had experimented with cannabis but he didn’t like it… And Bill Clinton didn’t inhale.
The idea that there were politicians that smoke weed, was a foreign one to the American public at the time. In fact, the 90’s were a far more conservative time than many of us care to remember. Many thought this confession would sink Clinton’s chances at the presidency Were they ever wrong?
Bill Clinton went on to become a 2 term president and a trailblazer of sorts. However, underneath these comments lies a dark, undiscussed reality. Bill Clinton didn’t inhale… But he did persecute those who did with an iron fist.