In a recent interview with Fusion TV, former U.S. President Bill Clinton says he never denied smoking marijuana in his youth, saying he told the truth when asked about it during the 1992 campaign, and that he thought his answer was "funny" as well.
"And when I was in England," Clinton said during a 1992 television interview, "I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it, and didn't inhale, and never tried it again." From that moment on, "I didn't inhale" became a punch line for comedians everywhere, entering the pop culture lexicon forever.
Clinton's truthfulness regarding marijuana did not result in any kind of cannabis law reform during his administration; in fact, the U.S. prison population rose more under President Clinton than any of his predecessors. Clinton sounded off on pot legalization in Colorado and Washington.
“The drug issue should be decided by people in each country, based on what they think is right,” Clinton said. “We have a process in America for doing it that’s being revisited state-by-state. And Latin America is free to do the same thing….It’s obvious that attitudes are changing and opening up.”