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Hillary Clinton’s Marijuana Joke Kills in Denver


A quip in a Colorado coffee shop highlights the Presidential hopeful's progressive stance on pot.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton created a mini laugh riot on Monday while visiting a Denver coffee shop with Senator Mark Udall, for whom she is campaigning in the state.

When the barista made Udall’s latte with an image of a single leaf drawn into the foam, Clinton quipped: “Is that a marijuana plant?” Apparently the joke was a huge hit with other patrons. And it is a pretty funny thing for a Presidential hopeful to say.

While pot jokes might be old hat in Colorado by now, since the state became the first to legalize it back in 2012, the quip could be read as a sign of her own progressive attitude towards marijuana policy.

In an interview this past spring, Clinton expressed her support for medical marijuana under “appropriate circumstances.” That is, “at the risk of committing radical candor, I have to say I think we need to be very clear about the benefits of marijuana use for medicinal purposes,” she said. “I don’t think we’ve done enough research yet, although I think for people who are in extreme medical conditions and who have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances. But I do think we need more research because we don’t know how it interacts with other drugs.”

Clinton also suggested she might be open to marijuana policy reform on a state-by-state basis. As far as legalizing recreational pot, she said she wanted to “wait and see” how it pans out in Colorado and Washington state.

But Clinton herself is no pothead. As far as trying it herself, she said: ”Absolutely not. I didn’t do it when I was young, I’m not going to start now.” It seems, for the time being, her drug-of-choice is lattes.