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Hillary Clinton held a town-hall meeting on June 17; it was broadcast live on CNN. She is either trying to pump up her chances for winning the Democratic Party nomination for President in 2016; or she is simple continuing to test the waters to see how she might be received in actually competing for it.

420Medbook did not come away impressed and in actuality, her stance on medical marijuana was very disappointing for med marijuana activists all across the country. However, we are sure that it simply delighted big money, a certain requirement in winning the ultimate prize when competing for the Presidency of The United States.

Pharmaceutical, Prison, Alcohol and Tobacco lobbyists must have loved her “radical candor”, or in this case; her political posturing.

When asked about marijuana legalization, Clinton responded with the following: "There are younger people here who could help me understand this and answer it, 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. 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."

She went on to add: "On recreational, states are the laboratories of democracy, "We have at least two states that are experimenting with that right now. I want to wait and see what the evidence is."

Clinton’s response to the question sounded more like a Republican Governor that is willing to legalize “oil” to treat children with epileptic seizures than a mainstream Democrat. What everyone needs to realize is that this approach of “people who are in extreme medical conditions and who have anecdotal evidence that it works, there should be availability under appropriate circumstances” has led to helping no one and has contributed to the most restrictive medical marijuana laws in several States.

We believe that the approach by Republican Governors using this same strategy is no more than veiled efforts to hinder overall reform by making them appear med friendly, while sweeping total reform under the rug. Hillary Clinton’s approach is no different.

“But I do think we need more research because we don't know how it interacts with other drugs.” It is quite obvious that she is looking at big money from pharmaceutical companies. Perhaps we need to be looking at what the benefits of the plant are, not at how it will be compatible with big money products. Perhaps instead of saying that further research is required, as she said in 2008, she should be making a very strong call for more research. There is a difference between the two. One provides political coverage, the other moves the cause forward.

While I once supported Hillary Clinton in her political efforts, I have since come to realize that she is just another opportunist. As a Democrat, she believes that her current stance on medical marijuana will not hurt her with her party line voters. Yet she does know that it just could help her with independents and Republicans.

It’s just more of the same ‘ol political posturing that we are so used to.

This time, I hope it fails to work for her, and any other Presidential contender that tries to use it. Hillary, your time has come and gone. Your political methods are no longer accepted.
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