McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)WASHINGTON --
While President Obama has never hid his penchant for marijuana during his youth in Hawaii, Americans soon will elect a president who claims never to have touched it.
Republican Donald Trump boasts that he has never smoked marijuana or a cigarette, or had a drop of alcohol.
Democrat Hillary Clinton was adamant on CNN when asked whether she had ever smoked marijuana, replying that she never had and never would: “Absolutely not.”
That would be welcome news for Washington state, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, where voters approved recreational marijuana, along with the 26 states that allow the drug to be used for medical reasons. But legalization backers still have one nagging question: Can you believe either Clinton or Trump?
Both candidates have a history of flip-flopping on major issues, and a majority of Americans don’t trust either candidate.
Trump, who once called himself a supporter of abortion rights, now wants to ban abortions. After first opposing an increase in the minimum wage, he wants it raised.
In 1990, the Republican candidate called for legalizing all drugs, a position he no longer holds. And his statements on marijuana have given ammunition to both sides of the legalization debate.
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Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.