Article by Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
Speaking at a town hall at Youngstown State University over the weekend, Chelsea Clinton made a remark about the risks of marijuana usethat 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.