Does Bill Clinton Support Legalizing Marijuana?

That’s the question we ask in a new piece on Huffington Post:

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is one of several prominent people who discuss the failure of the war on drugs in the new web documentary Breaking the Taboo.

Many news outlets have covered the fact that the former president is shown on screen saying the war on drugs “hasn’t worked.” But in an interesting segment that seems to have so far gone unnoticed by the press, Clinton says, about a third of the way into the film:

“We could have fighting and killing over cigarettes if we made it a felony to sell a cigarette or smoke one, so we legalize them. If all you do is try to find a police or a military solution to the problem, a lot of people die and it doesn’t solve the problem.”

To be sure, President Clinton isn’t seen explicitly endorsing the legalization of marijuana or any other currently illegal drug in the film, and we don’t know what he said just before or just after the above snippet. We also don’t know what question from the filmmakers prompted him to utter these words.

But he did use the L-word — legalize — in an unmistakably positive context in a documentary about the failure of drug prohibition. By giving an analogy about cigarettes, then saying “we legalize them” and following that up by talking about the violence that is caused by a law enforcement- and interdiction-focused response to drug problems, President Clinton is at the very least giving a serious head nod to the idea that “legalization” of other drugs is worth giving some consideration to.

This is very significant, coming from a former president who ramped up the war on drugs during his two terms.

Check out the full piece here. And make sure to share the link on Facebook and Twitter to start a conversation among your friends.

Top 10 Most Unexpected Marijuana Reform Supporters

Check out this slideshow we just uploaded to Huffington Post featuring some of the most unexpected supporters of changing our marijuana laws. Some of the names may surprise you.

Here are a couple of entires just as a teaser:

Rick Perry
The Republican governor of Texas and former presidential candidate doesn’t fancy himself a fan of marijuana, but does support consistently applying the principles of federalism and states’ rights, even when it comes to medical marijuana laws.
“[If] you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medicinal weed, then you ought to be able to do that.”

Sarah Palin

The Republican former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate is known for speaking her mind, but did you know that she thinks cops have better things to do than bust people for marijuana?
“We need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts, and if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things that our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society that are appropriate for law enforcement to do.”

Check out the full slideshow over at Huffington Post, and then share the link on Facebook and Twitter if you think any of the entires will surprise your friends.