Chelsea Clinton Misspoke on Marijuana Risks
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Chelsea Clinton Misspoke on Marijuana Risks
Posted by CN Staff on September 28, 2016 at 19:03:09 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post
USA -- Speaking at a town hall at Youngstown State University over the weekend, Chelsea Clinton made a remark about the risks of marijuana use that left many drug reform advocates scratching their heads. The daughter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton suggested that legal marijuana use had contributed to the deaths of people who were using other drugs simultaneously, due to a bad drug interaction.A spokeswoman for Chelsea Clinton now says that the Democratic presidential candidate's daughter simply misspoke.
An audience member had asked the younger Clinton about her mother's support for changing the federal regulatory status of marijuana to allow more research into potential medical uses of the drug. Chelsea responded that Hillary Clinton supports more research, and that she supports the states experimenting with various medical and recreational regulatory regimes for marijuana.Then she 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.Marijuana advocates were perplexed by the apparent implication that marijuana could be deadly."The former and possible future first daughter of the United States acknowledges that marijuana has medical value, but she also seems to believe that cannabis use can lead to death," wrote Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority in a piece for"Chelsea Clinton suggests marijuana is killing people," blared a headline in High Times.On its own, marijuana is not known to have any fatal dosage level. The DEA itself acknowledges that nobody has ever died from marijuana alone.A spokeswoman for Chelsea Clinton told The Post in a statement that "while discussing her and her motherís 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."She added, "Hillary Clinton has said we should allow states that have reformed their marijuana laws to act as laboratories for our democracy and we should reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II substance."Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in an interview that "there's zero evidence anywhere that using marijuana in combination with other drugs can be fatal." He added, "one of the things that make marijuana such a safe drug to use is that if you combine it with anything, it's not fatal."That doesn't mean that pot doesn't interact with other drugs, Nadelmann added. For instance, smoking marijuana can intensify the psychoactive effects of alcohol, which is why studies generally show that driving under the influence of alcohol and weed is considerably more dangerous than driving under the influence of one drug alone.Researchers generally agree that marijuana use is less risky than the use of a number of other common recreational drugs, including alcohol and tobacco.This November five states will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana, and voters in four more will vote on medical marijuana provisions.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:   Christopher IngrahamPublished: September 28, 2016Copyright: 2016 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on September 29, 2016 at 19:09:13 PT
Hedge FUND
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on September 29, 2016 at 19:08:45 PT
The Royal Family
Remember when Chelsea got out of college and immediately was given at job on Wall Street at a hedge fun, very similar to her mother at that age?  Oh yes, we know how they feel about herbal freedom, they tripled arrests and filled the prisons in the 90's after Bill campaigned as a sax-playing stoner on MTV.  The memories!  These people drove me into the Libertarian party!
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on September 28, 2016 at 21:55:45 PT
Don't buy it.
This just leaves more bad tastes in My mouth.Misspoke?How about, She didn't know what She was talking about.How about, She is just thinking about Herself and will say anything that might help Her future...-0-Show Me a person who has a spokeswoman ("spokesperson") who helps control / fix their F*ck Ups, and I'll show You a person who _________ fill in the blank.-Not a fan.
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