Bill Clinton Cracks a Weed Joke in Denver

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Bill Clinton Cracks a Weed Joke in Denver

Image: AP/Brennan Linsley.

Bill Clinton is talking pot again.

Earlier today in Denver, “But-I-Didn’t-Inhale” Bill and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack became accidental political advocates for legalization when they inadvertently agreed upon the high value of marijuana as a cash crop.

During an on-stage conversation about the Clinton Global Initiative, Vilsack remarked upon his recent visit to Milwaukee, where a farmer showed him commodities “he was raising for local restaurants and grocery stores, and he said, ‘You know, an acre of this sells for a million dollars,’” Vislack said. “With the exception of the state of Colorado and a few other states that have legalized another product, there are not very many commodities that you can plant, Mr. President, and then grow up to get a million bucks.”

“Dear Lord, that’s all I need is one more story,” Clinton jokingly remarked in reference to the recent controversial rumors about his paid appearances. “If only the marijuana growers would invite me to give a speech.”

Mr. President, I’m sure all you have to do is ask.

In 1992 Clinton infamously made headlines (and not for the last time) when he became the first presidential candidate to admit to marijuana use, saying, “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two and didn’t like it… And didn’t inhale and never tried it again.”

I wonder if he’s thought of trying any of Denver’s edible treats while in town? If he does, I doubt he’ll swallow. (Insert Lewinsky joke here.)