Clinton’s Parting Shot

In an interview with Rolling Stone less than a month before leaving office, outgoing President Bill Clinton said that he agrees with the decriminalization of personal quantities of cannabis.
“I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be,” said Clinton, adding that mandatory sentences for drug use should be re-examined, along with the distinction in sentencing between crack and powdered cocaine.

Some observers decried Clinton’s hypocrisy, as his eight-year administration saw a record-breaking 4,175,357 marijuana-related arrests, and US prison rates jumping from 1.3 million to 2 million behind bars. However, some commentators claimed that Clinton’s comments revealed his true feelings on an issue which he lacked the fortitude and political support to address while in power.